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2018 Special Tournament Guests


Major General James G. Champion

Major General James G. (Greg) Champion began his military service in 1978. He was commissioned as an Infantry officer following completion of Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. General Champion has held every 18 series leadership position an officer can hold in a Special Forces Group including Battalion and Group command. He was the Assistant to the Director Army National Guard for Deployment Issues and was the Director’s principle advisor on deployment for the Army National Guard forces with emphasis on the Global War on Terrorism and Homeland Security. While serving as Commander, 20th Special Forces Group, he commanded the Combined Joint Special Operations TaskForce Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A), Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom III.


Subsequent to this first tour in Afghanistan, General Champion was Deputy Commanding General, Operations, Combined Joint Task Force 76, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, where he oversaw all aspects of the plans, operations and intelligence collection and managed the Afghanistan-Pakistan border security process.


Today MG(R) Champion serves as the Joint Venture and Commercial Activities Manager, Pioneer Natural Resources, Eagle Ford Asset Team. He is responsible for partner interaction related to commercial activities and negotiations, and works closely with land, legal and marketing in negotiating and advising on commercial activities of the Eagle Ford Asset Team.

The Special Forces Association Parachute Team

The Special Forces Association Parachute Team provides a nucleus of professional parachutists who are highly trained and equipped to perform freefall parachute demonstrations in support of local and national venues. The team consists of active duty military, retired military, and includes current Department of Defense support elements. Their main emphasis is to enhance the image and heritage of the US Army Special Forces, past, present, and future. They are a first come first serve team and are a 501(c)19 nonprofit tax exempt organization

The Houston Tidelanders Chorus

The Houston Tidelanders Chorus is a performing chorus of the 30,000-man Barbershop Harmony Society’s Houston Chapter. They are an acapella, men’s singing organization comprised of quartets and a large performing chorus.  Although they were chartered in 1946 they are consistently rated amongst the Top 20 performing choruses at the Society’s International Chorus Competition.  The Houston Tidelanders preserve the Barbershop harmony style and don’t merely sing those old “chestnuts” from the early 1900’s.  Instead, they perform pop, Broadway, country and western or Gospel songs, which are far more contemporary.  They perform at Houston Baptist University, as well as suburban cabaret-style “Good Time” shows around the City each year.  In addition to their various revenue-generating performances, they also present benefit appearances at area churches, schools and hospitals.


The Tidelanders have been active in the Greater Houston community for over 60 years. It is estimated that they reach at least 8,000 people each year with their chorus and quartet performances or through their various community outreach activities.

Hall of Fame Announcer Bill Brown

30 year veteran and Texas Baseball Hall of Fame announcer, Bill Brown.  The lead broadcaster of the Astros television team for over 20 years, Brown worked seven years with the Cincinnati Reds then hosted a show for a cable network in Los Angeles before joining the Astros.

Brown fit into his role so comfortably that many overlook his timely recital of facts as the game plays out before him. "Brownie" was the constant tv voice through Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports, Fox Sports Net, Comcast Sports - Houston and Root Sports Southwest. Fans know that when his normally smooth delivery turns into a growl, that something good has happened for Houston. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

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