One&Only Hosts Jordan Invitational

12th Jan 2004

The One&Only Ocean Club resort on Paradise Island in The Bahamas and
Michael Jordan hosted a star-studded field for the third annual Michael
Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) held this weekend, January 7-11,
2004. World-class athletes from across the sports spectrum participated,
including Wayne Gretzky, Boris Becker, Brandi Chastain, John McEnroe, Pete
Sampras, Charles Barkley and Julius Erving. These athletes were challenged
by celebrity golfers, such as Bryant Gumbel, Angie Everhart, Beverly
Johnson and two-time defending tournament champion Janet Jones.

NBC-TV will air the fun-filled, four-day charitable golf event on January
24, 2004 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST. Sponsors for the MJCI included
presenting sponsor One&Only Resorts, as well as Jordan Brand, Gatorade,
Golf Magazine, Icon International and The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion
“I`m delighted to be back for our third tournament at One&Only Ocean Club
for such worthy causes,” said Michael Jordan. “The group of people who
come out to support us year after year makes this a spectacular event.”

The players competed for a total purse of $200,000, which will go the
winners` charity of choice. Up to $500,000 will be given to charity
including $300,000 in charitable donations for the Ronald McDonald Houses
of North Carolina and the James R. Jordan Foundation, as well as $25,000
for the Atlantis, Paradise Island HIV/AIDS Initiative.

MJCI guests were treated to an exciting weekend of festivities at the
exclusive One&Only Ocean Club and Atlantis, Paradise Island resorts. The
weekend`s entertainment highlight was a lively “Club Havana” party at the
Grand Ballroom at Atlantis, emceed by celebrated comedian Tracy Morgan and
with music from the Cuban band, Pablito.

The MJCI featured more than 30 celebrity golfers from the worlds of sports
and entertainment, as well as amateur participants, including event
sponsors and representatives of The Bahamian corporate and local community
competing in two separate competitions. The event consisted of a two-day
Celebrity-Amateur, pairing one celebrity with three amateurs and the
two-day celebrity tournament. Other celebrities came simply to enjoy the
festivities surrounding the tournaments, including Paris Hilton, who with
boyfriend Nick Carter (of the Backstreet Boys) took her first golf lesson
on the Ocean Club course.


“Michael brings an air of excitement to everything he does and this
tournament is no exception,” said Howard Karawan, Kerzner International
Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing. “We look forward to a
continued partnership with him for years to come on this one-of-a-kind

During his stellar career, NBA legend Michael Jordan virtually rewrote the
NBA record book as a 5-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 12-time All-Star
and a member of 6 NBA Championship teams. Long-time philanthropists,
Jordan and his wife Juanita have supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of
America, UNCF/College Fund, Special Olympics and a variety of charitable
organizations that support children and families.

This is the third time that the One&Only Ocean Club has hosted the Michael
Jordan Celebrity Invitational, which was previously held in January 2001
and September 2002. Prior to that, Jordan hosted the Michael Jordan
Celebrity Golf Classic in Greenville, North Carolina, which raised more
than $2 million during the past 15 years for the Ronald McDonald Houses of
North Carolina.

The Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole Ocean Club Golf Course, which debuted in
December 2000, is set on the eastern end of Paradise Island and offers
panoramic views of the lush course and waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The
7159- yard, scenic par 72 course takes advantage of the magnificent
Bahamian landscape and island cross winds, challenging golfers` precision
and accuracy.
Additional tournament information can be found at
and for more resort information and reservations, visit or call One&Only Ocean Club at 800-321-3000.

One&Only Ocean Club, once the exclusive private estate of A&P heir
Huntington Hartford, emerged in 2000 after a $100 million renaissance as
one of the most elegant luxury resorts in the Americas. Intimate in size
and placing the highest priority on pampering personalized attention, the
resort offers 106 deluxe accommodations, including beachfront suites,
rooms and garden cottages in a gracious colonial Bahamian style, with
round-the-clock butler service and luxurious details such as champagne and
strawberries in the afternoon and icy sorbet served on the beach. At the
One&Only Ocean Club`s signature restaurant, Dune, world-renowned chef
Jean-Georges Vongerichten has redefined fine dining in the tropics. The
Courtyard Terrace continues to win accolades as the most romantic
restaurant in The Bahamas.
The sumptuous One&Only Spa features a fusion of ancient Asian holistic
philosophies with uniquely Bahamian hospitality and serene, lush
surroundings with private spa villas for two. Other recreational amenities
include the championship 18-hole Ocean Club Golf Course, a tennis club, a
freshwater pool overlooking the resort`s renowned Versailles-inspired
gardens, a brand-new family pool, and an extensive menu of water sports.



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