'Mudcat' All-Star Tournament to benefit military

By Jillian Marshall

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An annual tournament is bringing big names to a local golf course while helping local veterans and children.

Security Mutual held a press conference for the 13th annual Jim "Mudcat" Grant All-Star Golf Tournament Friday morning at Security Mutual in Binghamton.

In addition to four local charities - Broome County Urban League, Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton, Catholic Charities of Broome County and Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) - the tournament will also raise awareness for the U.S. military and raise money for groups that support the troops.

Wounded veteran and Windsor resident, Rick Yarosh, said the new addition is extremely important to the Southern Tier.

"My wounds are very visible, I get asked the question a lot, 'How's the VA take care of you?' Well, they take care of me great, but I get that question all the time. It's my buddy standing next to me who doesn't look like he has any wounds at all but he's got 300 pieces of strap metal underneath his clothes or he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," Yarosh said.

For one of the founders of the tournament, helping feed the Greater Binghamton community is a great reason to bring residents and celebrities together.

"I remember my mom, I was nine-years-old, my mom made sure that we fed people back in those days. So to be able to do this, and to be able to do it here in the area, going back to 1956, is a wonderful thing," said Jim "Mudcat" Grant, a member of the Black Aces.

The Black Aces are African-American major league baseball pitchers who have won 20 or more games in a single season.

Security Mutual said the guest list is still being finalized, but members of the Black Aces and Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim are expected to be in attendance.