7th Annual Cops and Jocks Golf Classic

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The seventh annual Cops and Jocks Golf Classic was in full force at the Contraband Bayou Golf course and they weren't playing to win, they were swinging for a cause.

"It benefits needy families of police officers, McNeese athletics and we even expanded it where we are trying to endow a few scholarships," said Alan Heisser.

"We're just glad to be able to give back to the community and I want to show that there's another side of law enforcement that we do care about the community," said Don Dixon.

The Cops and Jocks Golf Classic brought in more than 230 golfers including big names like Marshall Faulk and Aaron Rodgers.

"What they do with the foundation and the money they raise is a good cause. If you can get out here and play, you're playing for a good cause," said Marshall Faulk.

"It's very honoring to see guys like Marshall Faulk and Leslie O'Neal supporting a cause I really think touches our hearts," said Aaron Rodgers.

"It's a great charity and I love coming to this city," said Leslie O'Neal.

"It's really great and it seems like each year its gets bigger and better. I know Alan and Don work really hard to organize it," said Matt Viator.

"It's always a good cause where you are doing a fundraiser and you are raising money for people in the community," said Kerry Joseph.

The day was also special for Ethan Manuel. Four years ago he couldn't walk but now it's a different story.

"We helped pay for a surgery for him four years ago and he could not walk. Now, Ethan is walking around today and he will always be a part of Cops and Jocks," said Heisser.

Last year, the Cops and Jocks Golf Classic raised over $100,000 for their charity. This year they took a bigger swing, making a difference in the lake area.

"The best part is knowing that what you are doing people appreciate and they came out here," said Heisser.

"They enjoy the camaraderie and this is a fun tournament," said Dixon.

It's a tournament that hit a hole in one for Southwest Louisiana.  They were able to raise over $100,000 and they're looking forward to next year's event.