(WBIR) Former UT quarterback Peyton Manning returned to Knoxville Monday to raise money that will help local children.
On Monday, the Denver Broncos quarterback met with more than 200 golfers playing in the Peyton Manning Golf Classic at Fox Den Country Club in Farragut. The tournament benefits both East Tennessee Children's Hospital and Manning's PeyBack Foundation.
Children's Hospital said it uses the proceeds from the event to buy equipment for the Emergency Department. The PeyBack Foundation, established by Manning, provides programs that promote leadership and growth opportunities for at-risk youth. All the proceeds from this tournament will help children in Tennessee.
"Knoxville's been so good to me. That's kind of what the PeyBack Foundation is about, paying back the communities that have impacted me," said Manning. "Knoxville has had a huge impact on me. We're proud of what the PeyBack Foundation has done, giving funds to programs here in this area that are helping out kids in this area that don't have life easy. And it's hard to believe it's been 17 years. We're proud to partner with the East Tennessee Children's Hospital, helping a lot of kids in a lot of different ways."
Last year, the Peyton Manning Golf Classic raised close to $150,000 for East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
After the tournament, Manning said he'll visit the UT football team.