The Julius Erving Golf Classic, a spectacular experience honoring Julius “Dr. J” Erving kicks off this weekend, welcoming celebrities, sports legends and VIP guests to Philadelphia for a fun weekend of basketball, lifestyle and golf in support of the Salvation Army of Philadelphia.

Co-hosted by ESPN’s Jay Harris and Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer Seema Sadekar, the exclusive Julius Erving Black Tie Ball & Red Carpet will take place on Sunday, September 10th, featuring a performance by critically acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter, Ginuwine at the beautiful Logan Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy signature Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails inspired by the Icon and Legend, Julius Erving. Full cocktail recipes are included below.

On the final day, September 11, golfers will head to the ACE Club to tee-it-up in the Official Julius Erving Golf Classic presented by Delta Air Lines. R&B artist Jeffrey Osborne will perform “God Bless America” during the official Erving Opening Ceremony presented by Pond LeHocky Law Firm. At each hole, golfers will be greeted by the “Erving On-Course Museum,” presented by The Philadelphia 76ers, featuring images and information that highlight key moments from illustrious life and career of Erving. During the exclusive tournament, select ladies are invited to attend “Cocktails with Dorys” presented by CIROC in the Tanqueray No. TEN Clubhouse Lounge with Dorys Erving, wife of Julius Erving. The ladies will then join in for the Erving Playoffs, Awards and Closing Ceremonies presented by Delta Air Lines after the tournament round.

2017 Erving Celebrity Guests include: Former NBA super stars Alonzo Mourning, John Starks, Charles Barkley, Gerald Henderson, Sr., Eddie Jordan, Reggie Theus and Richard Hamilton; Current NBA players, Jahlil Okafor, Markelle Fultz, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson; R&B icons Eddie Levert, Jeffrey Osborne and Tony Cornelius; Former NFL players, Marcus Allen, Richard Dent, Keith Byars, Victor Green and Joe Washington; former MLB stars Reggie Jackson and Joe Carter; PGA Tour Professional Sean O’Hair and many more.

Notable Erving Classic sponsors include: The Philadelphia 76ers, Delta Air Lines, Zacapa Rum, Tanqeray Gin, CIROC, Pond Lehocky Law Firm, Michael Kors, Roots of Fight, Wawa, Buzz Oates, 251 Dekalb, King Transportation, Nestle Waters and many more.


The three day experience celebrates the achievements and legacy of Julius “Dr.J” Erving in the city of Philadelphia, where Erving spent most of his illustrious career in the NBA. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing comfort, food, shelter and care to the needy around the world. The event brings together golf, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment. VIP Packages for the Julius Erving Golf Classic can be tailored to include golf and hospitality.

Play Golf Designs, Inc. (PGD Global) is a golf marketing & event company, directing and participating in luxury events for some of the world’s most legendary athletes, brands, entertainers and organizations including Coach Mike Woodson, Julius Erving, Jalen Rose, Chris Tucker, Viacom, The Broadcasters Foundation of America, Diageo and MGM Resorts International. PGD blends pop culture and entertainment, creating the most unique, innovative golf events and experiences for each client. PGD Global focuses on celebrating diversity and inclusion in golf while welcoming women to the game with open arms. Specializing in connecting golf to the modern world of trends and fashion, PGD Global operates golf and lifestyle events and experiences all around the country, welcoming new golfers and businesses to the game.

It’s an honor to co-host The 4th Annual Julius Erving Golf Classic alongside ESPN Broadcaster and friend Jay Harris. This event celebrates the legacy of Mr. Erving, an icon to many people in so many ways.  The JEGC is also about celebrating culture and diversity in golf.  Every year I look forward to co-hosting this event and simply being in the presence of Mr. Julius Erving, family and friends.”

– Seema Sadekar