Ostertag lends name to charity golf tourney

Greg Ostertag, Utah Jazz center and former Kansas University basketball player, has never let his asthma interfere with his goals.

"I'm one of the lucky ones," he said in a news release. "My asthma is under control."

Ostertag, however, knows that those with asthma � particularly youngsters � often need help to better manage the condition. And, of course, money is needed to pay for those educational programs.

So Ostertag has lent his name to an American Lung Association of Kansas-sponsored golf tournament � the Greg Ostertag Golf Classic � and will appear at two family events to raise money for asthma education and services.

"A Is for Asthma," a program for young children with asthma and their parents, will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Dr. Terry Riordan will answer questions about asthma while Sesame Street's Walkaround Elmo will entertain the children. The event is free.

Big O's Spaghetti Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. In addition to a spaghetti dinner, participants will be treated to a magician, an appearance by Elmo and celebrities signing autographs.

Admission is $25 a couple, $15 for a single adult and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children under 3 are admitted for free.

The Fifth Annual Ostertag Golf Classic will take place Friday at Eagle Bend Golf Course, 1250 E. 902 Road. Registration, which is $150 per person, includes 18 holes of golf with a double shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., cart rental, lunch, refreshments, prizes and a silent auction. An awards ceremony will be held after the tournament.

Participants will get the opportunity to play with KU basketball legends, including Ostertag, Mike Maddox, Eric Pauley, Kevin Pritchard and Chris Piper.

In years past, the tournament's proceeds have supported the American Lung Association of Kansas' Open Airways for Schools programs in the state's elementary schools. The program teaches children how to detect the warning signs of asthma and how to manage life with asthma.

Last year, the tournament raised $25,000-$30,000, according to Judy Keller, executive director of the American Lung Association of Kansas.

For more information about the golf tournament, call Jo Ann Long at (800) LUNG USA.

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