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Updated: 01/01/2014 11:50:01AM

Former pros play for good cause

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Chris Walling stands back and watches his team member, Albert Bentley, hit the golf ball early Saturday morning at Bobcat Trail Golf Club in North Port. Bentley, a former running back for eight seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, was among the celebrities playing in a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit New Operation Cooper Street — a community-based organization that is both a learning and a recreation center — in Punta Gorda. Joining him were Anthony Hargrove, an NFL player who went to the Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints; and Port Charlotte High School alumnus and former NBA player with the Atlanta Hawks, Darrell Gadsden. Gadsen is a Cooper Street board member, and his Gadsden Property Investment Inc. sponsored Saturday’s event.


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Two former NFL players and a former MLB player joined a former NBA player to take part in a celebrity golf fundraiser tournament at Bobcat Trail on Saturday.

The tournament, which was the “brainchild” of Darrell Gadsden, a former Atlanta Hawks player, featured nine teams of four golfers each. Gadsden is a member of the Cooper Street Community Learning Center board of directors and the tournament raised money for the center, which has lost a lot of government funding in the last two years.

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