By Megan Kuharich
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Nov. 7, the Tennessee Titans sponsored the inaugural #TShawStrong Golf Invitational at the Hideaway at Arrington. The event was organized to marry Tim Shaw's love for golf and his desire to defeat ALS.
More than 140 golfers competed in Shaw's event, which raised funds to fight ALS. At the moment, the only way to put an end to this devastating, incurable disease is to participate, advocate and donate to the cause, which is where former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason's foundation comes into the picture.
Titans sponsor #TShawStrong Golf Invitational, benefiting Team Gleason, which provides equipment and services to individuals with ALS. (Photos: Josh Corey)
Team Gleason is a non-profit that helps fund and develop advanced technology to enhance the lives of those living with ALS. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, just three years prior to Shaw's diagnosis. Prior to the event, Shaw announced that 100 percent of the funds raised at this year's golf invitational – which included dinner, a silent auction and live entertainment – will benefit Team Gleason.
There were a few notable individuals in attendance as well as former Titans players, specifically Vince Gill, Keith Bulluck, Mike Otto, Daniel Loper and Michael Roos.
"I think what Tim has been able to do so far for ALS awareness and raising money to help defeat it is amazing," Roos said. "He is an inspiration to so many people and all former and current Titans should be honored and proud that he is a Titan for life."
Additionally, head coach Mike Mularkey and staff sponsored a hole, continuing his pledge to support the cause. Mularkey's tie to the cause dates back to training camp when he and general manager Jon Robinson signed Shaw to a contact, ensuring the former linebacker would retire ad Tennessee Titans. Since then, Mularkey has dedicated the team's season to championing ALS awareness.
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