Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning To Play For Coronavirus Relief

In The Match: Champions For Charity, Woods, Mickelson, Brady and Manning will play a golf match to benefit COVID-19 relief

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning To Play For Coronavirus Relief

(CBSNewYork/CBS Local) — The Match: Champions For Charity is officially on, though the specifics remain fuzzy. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will compete at a yet-to-be-determined time, on a yet-to-be-determined course under a yet-to-be-determined set of rules. We do know that the sport will be golf and all donations and fundraising will benefit COVID-19 relief.

The event has been rumored since last month, and was announced Wednesday afternoon. The date will likely be some time in mid-to-late May, the course will probably be in Florida and the matchup seems destined to be Woods-Brady vs. Mickelson-Manning. Confirmation is forthcoming, and all plans depend on official approval from the proper authorities.

Woods and Mickelson matched up over Thanksgiving a year and a half ago at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Mickelson prevailed after a four-hole playoff to take home $9 million. This year’s event, which could be the first major sporting event since coronavirus put all sports on indefinite hold, will serve a more worthy cause.

Tiger and Phil, two of golf’s best ever, have been competing against each other on the PGA Tour for decades. They have 20 major championships and 126 Tour wins between them. Their teammates in this charity event — Brady and Manning — have their own storied history of gridiron accomplishments, with eight Super Bowl titles between them.

If the possible May dates hold, the event is likely to be the first major sporting event during the pandemic. A significant sports-starved viewing audience will likely tune in, though in-person viewing may very well be limited to participants and those necessary to stage and broadcast the event.

The implementation of the needed social distancing measures could create a template, or best practices, for other sporting events to follow. At the very least, such attempts will help the PGA Tour when (if) it resumes in June with the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Match: Champions For Charity, if the parties involved manage to pull it off, will provide some hope that a post-quarantine world is within reach. And late May is only a month away. The circumstances that would allow this event to happen, however, seem much further off. But at least it’s something.

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Chicago Pride Parade Called Off Due To Coronavirus Crisis; Organizer Hopes To Hold It Later In Year

The Chicago Pride Parade has been postponed amid the coronavirus crisis, an organizer confirmed Wednesday.

Chicago Pride Parade Called Off Due To Coronavirus Crisis; Organizer Hopes To Hold It Later In Year

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Pride Parade has been postponed amid the coronavirus crisis, an organizer confirmed Wednesday.

Organizer Tim Frye confirmed that the parade, which had been set for June 28, will not take place on that date.

“We announce this postponement in the hope that conditions will allow the parade to take place later this summer or early fall,” Frye said in a statement. “We have always felt that safety is the first priority for our participants in the parade; the hundreds of thousands of spectators; as well as all the city agencies and independent contractors that work so hard to make the parade a success every year.”

If the parade cannot be rescheduled this year, it will be back in 2021 and “for years to come,” Frye said in the statement.

The parade passes down Broadway, Halsted Street, Belmont Avenue, and Diversey Parkway in the Uptown and East Lakeview neighborhoods.

The first parade was held in 1970. An estimated 1 million people attend each year.

The Chicago Pride Fest, originally scheduled for June 20-21, has also been called off with hopes of holding it later in the season. Organizers hope to hold the festival on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5 and 6.

“We will continually evaluate the feasibility of hosting the festival with local and state officials as the current crisis evolves,” Mark Liberson, Chicago Pride Fest Chairperson, said in a statement posted on the festival website.

There will also be virtual programming for Pride Month in June.

“Despite the current events, we remain steadfast in our belief that Pride should be celebrated far and wide and we will be creating virtual programming to bring the community and indeed world together to celebrate,” Ramesh Ariyanayakam, President of the Northalsted Business Alliance, said in the statement.

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