12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational - Catch the Stars in Vegas

The 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the third consecutive year and will give fans the chance to witness some of the biggest names in all of sports over this four day spectacular.

While this takes place on the links, you certainly don't have to be a golf fan to enjoy this amazing weekend. This year some of the first-time attendees include: Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Jonathan Ogden, comedian Rob Riggle, PGA Golfer Dustin Johnson, country star Jake Owen, actor James Denton, NFL Quarterback Josh Freeman and actor/comedians Kevin Nealon and Wayne Brady. The new participants will join MJCI standout veterans including host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Brian Baumgartner, Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Tom Welling, Jesse Williams and Adrian Young as they swing for a cause. In its third year in Las Vegas, MJCI will gather dozens of celebrities for four days of star-studded events and golf at Shadow Creek and ARIA. Additional celebrity and athlete participants include defending champion Brandi Chastain, Jerome Bettis, Chris Chelios, Vince Coleman, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Dan Jansen, Win McMurry, Christina Milian*, Paul O’Neill, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Alan Thicke and Winky Wright.

The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.

The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational just announced GRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend will headline the annual invite-only party for the tournament's celebrities and VIP invited guests with a private performance at ARIA Resort & Casino. The event will also feature a performance by Blue Man Group as well as famed comedian and television personality Wayne Brady, who will emcee the evening's festivities.

Shadow Creek Sixth Hole

Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass, providing access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).

Shadow Creek Ninth Hole

All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about MJCI, visit www.arialasvegas.com, www.MJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.

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