Peachtree Ridge grad, NFL punter Drew Butler to join Glavine, Smoltz for Novelis Celebrity Challenge

Peachtree Ridge grad Drew Butler, a punter for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, will play with Atlanta Braves legends Tom Glavine and John Smoltz for Saturday’s Novelis Celebrity Challenge, part of the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Classic. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Peachtree Ridge grad and current NFL punter Drew Butler will join two Atlanta Braves legends for a competitive round Saturday during the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

Butler, along with Baseball Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, will play in the Novelis Celebrity Challenge, a special event within the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric. The three golfers will compete during their own competitive round of golf for charity within the tournament on Saturday.

“The Novelis Celebrity Challenge is an exciting opportunity for us each year,” said Scott Hodoval, vice president of development at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “From the celebrities who give of their time to raise money to support the great work underway at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to the guest stars who cherish the time they get to spend with them, it’s just a fantastic event for the golfers and, most importantly, the children and families it supports.”

In addition to playing for a donation to a specific area of need at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the teams also vie for the Cooper Cup, created in memory of Cooper O’Brien, a former student in the North Gwinnett cluster. O’Brien, who passed away on July 5, 2014 at age 14 after a battle with cancer, was on the 2014 winning team with former Georgia Bulldog and NFL star Kevin Butler, Drew’s father.

Each celebrity will play with a CHOA guest of honor and specific division within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this weekend. Butler’s guest is 16-year-old Madison Freeman and his area of need is CHOA’s family support team. Glavine’s partner is 12-year-old Jeremy Brown and his area of need is clinical research, while Smoltz’s guest is 13-year-old Kenan Frady and his area of need is sickle cell disease.

Butler played on Peachtree Ridge’s 2006 state championship team, and also was a high school golfer for the Lions. He punted at Georgia before earning a spot in the NFL, first with the Pittsburgh Steelers and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals.

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