Actor Michael J. Fox is to play in a charity golf tournament this week.

The Ciber pro-am of the Principal Charity Classic golf tournament will take place this Wednesday, May 27, at Glen Oaks County Club in West Des Moines.

Fox says that taking up golf with Parkinson’s is the “most optimistic” thing he has ever done.

“I’m committed to showing that people with challenges can lead an active life,” said Fox, whose most recent book, “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist,” is a national best-seller and spawned a recent television special.

“Michael J. Fox is an inspiration to millions of people around the world. His optimism, generosity and dedication to helping others demonstrates the spirit of The Principal Charity Classic. We’re thrilled to have him join us at the Ciber Pro-Am,” said Jamie Alt, tournament director, The Principal Charity Classic.

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, event monies raised will benefit Fore Our Kids, a group of five select charities that support Iowa’s children. The five charities are Blank Children’s Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa, and Variety - The Children's Charity of Iowa.

To benefit even more central Iowa kids, The Principal Charity Classic sponsors Birdies for Charity, an additional fundraising effort to supplement tournament-generated proceeds. One hundred percent of the funds generated through the Birdies for Charity program will go to participating organizations. For more information on the charities and the tournament, click here.

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