Pro Race Car Driver Charlie Downes to Golf for Autism!

Charles Downes has confirmed he will join Autism Care and Treatment for its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting children with autism. Downes is a race car driver with over 20 years experience on the Professional Road-Racing circuit (IMSA, SCCA Pro, Grand-Am). He has competed nationally in the USA, and internationally in Canada, with additional events in Europe and the Caribbean.

Downes holds the distinction of being 1 of only 3 Afro-Americans to have won at the Professional level in the modern auto racing era since WWII, the other two being Willie T. Ribbs, and Wendell Scott.

"We are thrilled to have Mr. Downes join us for the 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament," says Event Producer Daphne Plump. "He does so much for the community and charities across the globe. And there's no doubt that he is "driven" to help children with autism."

Now, at age 63, enjoying the quieter side of life competing at Celebrity Golf Tournaments. In the recent past accepting invitations from The Southern California Black Chamber Of Commerce, Autism Care and Treatment (ACT Today!), the NAACP Image Awards, the San Felipe Youth Foundation and Universal Golf Foundation Charity Golf Classic - Benefitting Sonshine Hacienda Orphanage in San Felipe, Mexico. More recently, the 9th Copa de Golf Saverios in Tijuana, Mexico.

Downes played in ACT Today's 3rd Annual Tournament in May 2009. He (seen far left)  took home the prize for FIRST NET, alongside his golf mates Film Actor Basil Wallace (right), Jim Bernard, Henry Wilson.

The Littlest Golfer Inc. Joins ACT Today's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The Littlest Golfer, Inc.  is a proud supporter of Autism Care and Treatment's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting children with autism! The Littlest Golfer has recently come onboard as a sponsor to help spread autism awareness and raise funds for children with autism whose families can not afford the care and treatment their child needs to lead a productive life.

"We are honored to support an organization that is working so hard to meet the needs of children with autism which profoundly affects the lives of so many children and families here in the US and abroad," says Jennifer Maurer,  Marketing Director of The Littlest Golfer, Inc.

About The Littlest Golfer, Inc.:

At The Littlest Golfer, we believe that many of life’s most important lessons can be learned while playing golf. And since children learn best through play, we can’t think of a better way to teach children the skills that will help them succeed in life.

Golf is great fun. It builds strong bodies and strong minds. It also strengthens important character traits such as perseverance, sportsmanship, honesty and discipline. We believe it is never too early to start learning these life skills. As avid golfers and parents of two young golfers, we know how beneficial and fun golf can be—at any age. Unfortunately, quality golf apparel and gear has been largely unavailable for this eager and growing group of golfers.

We created The Littlest Golfer to meet the needs of even the littlest golfers. Our playful Putter and Sandy characters capture the excitement of the first drive, the first sunk putt and, of course, the first par!

Our high-performance golf apparel ensures that once we’ve inspired the journey, kids will have what they need to excel both on and off the golf course.

We are committed to remaining true to the sport that inspires us, which is why we incorporate classic golf motifs into our contemporary apparel, technical fabrics, and innovative and educational products.

By making golf accessible and fun for even the youngest golfers, we hope to strengthen families, neighborhoods and communities.This vision is what keeps us on our game!

Kris & Keri Wilson
Founders of The Littlest Golfer, Inc.

NBC HIT SHOW, CHUCK, Welcomes ACT Today! on Set!

The hit NBC show, Chuck, welcomed members of the Autism Care and Treatment's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on the set, this past Friday (October 30), at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank, California.

The 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament co-spokesperson Mark Christopher Lawrence , who plays "Big Mike" on Chuck, invited Tournament Executive Producer Daphne Plump and tournament volunteers Suset Garcia and Aenid Reyes to see what he does when he is not helping raise funds for children with autism.
"It was an amazing experience to actually be on the set of the show and watch it all come together," says Tournament Executive Producer Daphne Plump. "All of the actors were very gracious!"
Mark Christopher Lawrence and his fellow actors, Deidrich Bader, Joshua Gomez, Scott Krinsky, and Zachary Levi paused from filming to take pictures (see below).

You can meet Chuck actors: Mark Christopher Lawrence, Deidrich Bader and Joshua Gomez at the 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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NBC’s action-comedy series “Chuck” returns to the NBC lineup on Sunday, January 10 with all-new missions and two action-packed, back-to-back original episodes in its season premiere (9-11 p.m. ET) before the series -- starring Zachary Levi in the title role -- moves to its regular day and time (Mondays 8-9 p.m. ET) beginning January 11.