2021 CELEBRITY GUESTS An Evening with Jack Nicklaus

No name is more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than the name Jack Nicklaus, and no single person has changed the face of the sport more than Jack Nicklaus – the player, the designer, the businessman, the philanthropist, and the good-will ambassador.

Jack, who just turned 81, was named “Golfer of the 20th Century” or “Golfer of the Millennium” by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was also named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN.

In June 2018, the Golden Bear received the Lincoln Medal from the Ford’s Theatre Society, making Jack Nicklaus just the fourth person in history—and the first athlete or sportsperson—to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005), the Congressional Gold Medal (2015) and now the Lincoln Medal.

Jack’s competitive career spanned five decades, and his legend has been built with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide, including a record 18 major-championship titles (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three Open Championships) won over a 25-year period (1962-1986). He is one of only five golfers who have won all of golf’s modern majors—referred to as the career “Grand Slam”—and the only golfer to have done so on both the regular and senior Tours.

The legacy Jack has left as a player can be rivaled only by the legacy he is leaving as a golf-course designer, businessman and philanthropist.

Since 1962, Jack has added the moniker of “businessman” to his lengthy résumé. He is co-chairman of the privately held Nicklaus Companies. For a record six consecutive years, Golf Inc. magazine ranked Jack “The Most Powerful Person in Golf,” due to his impact on various aspects of the industry through his course design work, marketing and licensing business, his ambassadorial role in promoting and growing the game worldwide, and his involvement on a national and global level with various charitable causes. Jack has designed over 310 golf courses over a six-decade career, and was voted 2017 Golf Course Designer of the Year by the World Golf Awards. Nicklaus Design, the thriving business he founded almost 50 years ago, is considered the industry leader, with over 425 courses in 45 countries.

Included is the highly acclaimed redesign at Florida State University of the Seminole Legacy Course—the first Jack Nicklaus Legacy design in North America, featuring the collaboration of Jack and oldest son, Jack II.

Tireless philanthropists, Jack and wife Barbara are the guiding light for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, which supports numerous pediatric health-care services in South Florida, as well as nationwide, and has raised well over $125 million dollars since its inception in 2004. Renowned Miami Children’s Hospital and Miami Children’s Health System have been re-branded to Nicklaus Children’s, and along with the flagship hospital, there are 17 Nicklaus Children’s Outpatient Centers spread across Florida.

Focused on growing the game of golf, Jack is a Trustee of The First Tee. Three times he has spoken before the U.S. Congress on the character-building aspects of The First Tee. Jack is also a Trustee and spokesperson for PGA REACH—the charitable arm of the PGA of America, with focuses on youth, military, and diversity and inclusion.

Residing in North Palm Beach, Fla., since 1965 and in the same home they have lived since 1970, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus are parents to five children and grandparents to 22.

CO-HOST James Duthie

James Duthie is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. He also contributes to key CFL ON TSN events, including the playoffs and Grey Cup as well as The Masters and the Super Bowl.

Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style continues to make him a fan favourite across Canada and one of the most-followed media personalities on Twitter.

His natural charisma and extensive history in sports broadcasting allow him to gain exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment.

Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including three Geminis, a Canadian Screen Award, and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting award from Sports Media Canada.


“Stuntman Stu” Schwartz is a 20 year radio and television veteran in Ottawa.
Hear him every morning alongside Angie Poirier & Janel Steeper on MOVE 100.
A victim of bullying as a child, he created the “NoMoreBullies” campaign where he visited schools to speak and educate children about the effects of bullying.
Stu is a recipient of a United Way community builder award, named Algonquin College’s top alumni in 2003. A recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Governor General’s sovereign award.
Stu is a two time Leukemia survivor and launched the #StuStrong campaign which has raised over three hundred thousand dollars for Leukemia and Stem Cell research at the Ottawa Hospital. He is married and has 2 children. 

Previous Celebrity Sports Dinner Hosts and Guests

2019 – Barry Sanders

2018 – Jerome “the Bus” Bettis

2017 – Jerry Rice

2016 – Jim Kelly

2015 – Emmitt Smith

2014 – Mark Messier

2013 – Pete Rose

2012 – Bo Jackson

2011 – Joe Montana

2010 – Dan Marino

2009 – John Elway

2008  – A Tribute to Canadian Hockey Legends:

  • Wayne Cashman
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Glenn Anderson
  • Billy Smith
  • Paul Henderson
  • Darryl Sittler
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Steve Shutt
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Brad Park

2007 – 15 Years of Ottawa Senators Hockey:

  • Jean Beliveau
  • Chris Nilan
  • Steve Shutt,
  • Rick Middleton
  • Terry O’Reilly
  • Bryan Trottier
  • Henri Richard
  • Rejean Houle
  • Billy Smith

2006 –  Legends of Hockey:

  • Guy Lafleur
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Brad Park
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Rejean Houle
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Gerry Cheevers

2005 –  Bobby and Dennis Hull

2004 –  Marv Levy

2003 –  The Coaches Panel:

  • Jacques Martin
  • Brian Kilrea
  • Joe Paopao

2002 –  Roger Neilson

2001 –  Walter Gretzky

2000 –  Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

1999 –  Dick Irvin

1998 –  Ron MacLean