CHARLOTTE- On Monday morning, a cheery Mike Tolbert walked through the crowds of people at Ballantyne Country Club and greeted the 32 teams of golfers there for his tournament.
It was a similar entrance to the one he made last year at his inaugural Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament to benefit his Spade Foundation, but this year his attire was a little different.
“It looks good on me doesn't it. You can see I coordinated all the way down,” Tolbert said as he showed off his new Buffalo gear.
The Panthers released Tolbert during the offseason, and shortly later he signed with the Bills.
“I’m extremely excited. My wife and I, we rebel in the opportunity to start new chapters,” Tolbert explained.
As his story with the Bills begins, the former Panthers Pro-Bowler continues to add to his novel here in the Queen City.
“We’re here, having a golf tournament, to try and help single parents in their situations, and help educate kids and lead them on the straight and narrow,” Tolbert said.
It’s a cause close to this heart after his mother worked hard to raise him as a single mother.
Secelia Tolbert’s hard work paid off, and on Monday she was one of the people helping out and enjoying watching her son give back.
“I’m more than proud of the man and the father he is than the football player. I’m like, man- look at this! He did this, he did this,” Secelia said as she looked at on the crowds of people at the country club.
The field was full of Tolbert’s past teammates, like Thomas Davis, Fozzy Whittaker, Kurt Coleman and Steve Smith, Sr.
“We all believe in and love this city so to come out and do what they’re doing and assist in what they’re doing, we may not have the same mission statement, but we have the same mission of giving back and helping,” Smith Sr. said.
“Anything he does that I'm invited to, even if I’m not invited I’m showing up,” Whittaker said.
For the participants, it’s about the overall experience- not the golf experience.
“My golf game is like my outfit. It looks amazing, but it doesn't work all the time,” Tolbert joked.
“If I’m carrying the team, we got issues,” Kurt Coleman said.
It’s an event Tolbert said he’ll come back for every year, as he continues to raise money for the Spade Foundation.
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