Golfers in the greater Washington, D.C., community will have an opportunity to support educational diversity at Virginia Tech when they participate in the university's "Opportunities Scholarship" golf tournament Aug. 27 during the Black Coaches Association Football Classic Weekend in August. The Virginia Tech football team will play the University of Southern California on Aug. 28 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The "captain's choice" tournament will be held at the Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring, Md., and proceeds from the event will support the Groove Phi Groove Scholarship, part of Virginia Tech's Opportunities Scholarship program. Groove Phi Groove was the first African American organization at the university.

ABC News Correspondent and Virginia Tech alumnus Pierre Thomas will host the awards program that follows play. Thomas, a member of the Class of 1984, was a reporter for The Roanoke Times and The Washington Post before joining ABC News. Major F. Riddick Jr., the former chief of staff for Maryland's governor, is the honorary chairman for the event. Riddick, president and chief executive officer of Strategic Solutions Center, holds degrees in political science and public administration from Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech's Opportunities Scholarship Program provides support for students who have proven leadership and service in the area of educational diversity. Ben Dixon, vice president for multicultural affairs, said the scholarship program is designed to extend well beyond the classroom.

Recipients participate in programs that give them the tools and leadership skills to continue to strive for the advancement of underrepresented groups in our society," Dixon said. "Students are required to develop and implement activities in their home communities that promote post secondary education and the creation of inclusive educational environments."

More information about tournament entry fees and sponsorships can be obtained from Garfield Cross at (703) 916-9670 ext. 104 or e-mail

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600—acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.