AMI Kids golf tournament makes an impact

Former Gamecocks football great George Rogers played in the AMI Tournament.

The Associated Marine Institute (AMI) raised an estimated $100,000 at a golf tournament at Caladonia Golf and Fish Club in Pawleys Island on Saturday. The money will go to the AMIkids facility in Georgetown, which helps troubled children turn their lives around.

Currently, AMIkids only helps at-risk boys. Funds raised at this year's AMI tournament will go toward renovating the current facility, and adding a separate building that will cater to girls.

AMIkids has presence in eight different states. The program helps thousands of kids each year with various problems. Of the children with a criminal history in the AMIkids program, 81% of them do not return to jail, according to board member Dick Rosen.

AMIkids has 24 residential programs, 23 day treatment programs and a total of six schools.

Former South Carolina Gamecocks star and 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, Coastal Carolina head basketball coach Cliff Ellis, former NFL star Terry Kinard , and former Coastal head football coach David Bennett, were among the celebrities who played golf in the AMIkids Tournament.

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