Team Britton is a non-profit organization named after Britton Butler, a young man who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in May of 2006; he was twenty-two years old. Britton had wanted to host a golf tournament to raise money for cancer awareness, to focus on early detection, and to show that colon cancer is not just an “old person’s” disease. Britton was lucky to have financial support afforded to him, as a result, he wanted to raise money for individuals who were not as fortunate as he was. Britton himself chose The Colon Cancer Alliance as an organization to receive support from the money raised at the golf tournament. Britton, who was a huge University of Tennessee fan, had another goal. He wanted young kids to be able to attend a Tennessee sporting event that had never had the chance to go to a game, one of his favorite activities. Because of a partnership with the Big Brother’s/Big Sister’s organization, some of those kids are now being given that opportunity through donations from Team Britton. The Jimmy V Foundation, one of Britton’s favorite foundations, was also included in the list of organizations in which Britton wanted to donate monetary support.
Many of Britton’s wishes came true on May 24,2012, when the 1st Annual Team Britton golf tournament was held at Avalon Golf Course. Unfortunately, Britton, who passed away on February 18th, 2012, was not able to see his dream come to life. However, his family and friends definitely felt his spirit as they jumped in to plan, organize and carry out one of the best golf tournaments Knoxville has ever seen!
In an effort to continue with Britton’s wishes and honor his legacy, Team Britton is planning a 7th annual golf tournament at Willow Creek on May 18, 2018. If you would like to play in the golf tournament or sponsor a tee or a hole, you can find a sign-up sheet on the website. We are gladly accepting items for the silent auction and goodie bags and would love to have some vendors at a few of the holes. Please let us know if you are interested in helping in any of these ways. Thank you so much for partnering with us as we honor one of our heroes, our son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.