DECATUR — Brit Miller is getting ready to tee it up for Decatur again.
Miller, who played linebacker and fullback for Eisenhower High School, the University of Illinois and two NFL teams, will hold his second annual charity golf tournament on Friday, June 28, at South Side Country Club.
Registration opens today with entry forms available at South Side and Bob Ridings, 3103 N. 22nd.
Last year, there were more golfers than available spots for an event that raised $10,000 for the Eisenhower football program.
This year, Miller said, they have created 70 additional spots and plan to share the money between the Eisenhower, MacArthur and St. Teresa high school programs.
“We’re going to have a morning group and an afternoon group, which will let us get more golfers involved,” he said. “We hated to turn people away last year.
“We’ve talked to all of the coaches and in addition to providing safety upgrades with new pads and helmets, we’re going to try to get them video cameras so they can photograph (practices and games) to help them teach the game. If players can learn the game more properly, they won’t be so far behind when they make the leap to college.”
Entry fee is $150 per person. Individuals are welcome and will be placed with other golfers.
The entry fee includes a brisket dinner, and all food is being donated and prepared by Mark McLeod, who will have his mobile grill at South Side.
There will also be silent auctions with a number of sports-related items including a red golf shirt autographed by Tiger Woods, a Robert Griffin III jersey and items from the New England Patriots.
“Last year was our first year for the charity tournament and we learned a lot,” Miller said. “We’re looking to get better every year and we’ve already upgraded some things.”
The morning group will tee off at 7:45 a.m. The afternoon group will begin play at 1 p.m.
The dinner and auction will take place in the evening after the conclusion of the golf.
Miller is also teaming with the Decatur Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday.
The drive will take place at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 17 at 1700 N. Lake Shore Drive.
Miller became involved with the Red Cross during his work with the Heartland Heroes group while a member of the St. Louis Rams.
“I hope people will come out on their lunch break and help us collect some blood,” said Miller, who will be on hand to greet donors.
“We have a huge need for blood. There’s a young girl out in Warrensburg who has to get a transfusion every week. So there’s a local need. I’m trying to help get people to do more positive things for our community.”
Miller, who is an NFL free agent, had been living in St. Louis but moved back to Decatur this week.