CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Saturday, hundreds will hit the golf course to help benefit area youth at the annual Gray Classic held at the Ballantyne Resort Golf Course. The event was founded by Herb and Felicia Gray of Charlotte in 2009.

The mission of The Gray Classic is to help provide an avenue for young students to achieve a higher education, engage young students with mentor programs and to provide networking opportunities for our youth. The goal is to work with these students at a critical time in their lives as they start to make life decisions.

This event allows these students the chance to meet people who can help them, mentor them, and may one day offer them a job, said Steven Myers, the President of 100 Black Men of Charlotte.

This is the third year proceeds from The Gray Classic will go to benefit the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte's Movement of Youth (MOY) mentoring and education program.

MOY annually serves about 50 students in grades seven through 12 by engaging participants in mentorships with local business leaders, offering life skills training and encouraging post-secondary education.

The program s high school graduation rate is 100 percent. Scholarship opportunities are also available to participants who meet certain GPA requirements. To date, nearly $250,000 has been awarded in scholarships.

One hundred percent of all students in the program graduate. said Myers with a smile Friday morning.

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