We wish a speedy recovery to the legendary Bill Russell, who, according to Peter Vecsey, underwent two heart procedures over the past month. I was unable to find any other news reports about Russell’s health.
The 78-year-old Russell was scheduled to be in Long Island for the 2nd Annual Mentor’s Champions Golf Challenge. Here’s a description of the event, courtesy a press release:
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell along with Wall Street leader Geoff Boisi will host some of the greatest champions in sports, entertainment and business in the 2nd Annual MENTOR’s Champions Golf Challenge September 9-10 on Long Island. The two-day event will feature a celebrity roast of Russell, which will be hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson and Golf Channel’s David Feherty. It will take place on the evening of September 9th. Expected participants sharing their stories of Russell include NBA greats Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, football legend Jim Brown and many others.
The celebrity-amateur competition will be held at Friar’s Head on Long Island Sound. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, Friar’s Head is the 23rd-rated golf course in America and 32nd in the world.
“I am very proud to have many of my friends join me at our golf tournament to support mentoring,” said Russell. “They are still some pretty competitive athletes but more importantly they are donating their time and effort to reconnect with the youngsters of the country and that’s what mentoring is about.”
Get your rest, Russ. We want you back here when the Celtics raise Banner 18.