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Rocket Mortgage Classic launches online shop, proceeds benefit 'Changing the Course' initiative'

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 15:54:00-04

(WXYZ) — We're just a few weeks away from the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic, and despite no fans being allowed on the course, people can still get 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic gear through the tournament's new online store.

Proceeds from the virtual merchandise outlet will be used for the tournament's "Changing the Course" initiative that aims to give every Detroit resident access to technology, internet and digital literacy.

“We are thankful to our partner, Levelwear, in linking our tournament and our fans at home through its operation of the Rocket Mortgage Classic Online Merchandise Shop,” Rocket Mortgage Classic Executive Director Jason Langwell said. “We sold out of all of our inaugural tournament merchandise last year and, in continuing to serve our fans’ demand, we encourage all to find their favorite clothing at RocketMortgageClassic.com. Every single dollar will go toward the great cause of Changing the Course in the Detroit community by eliminating the digital divide that has existed for far too long.”

The shop is operated by the apparel provider Levelwear and is in its second year of the official tournament clothing. Last year, the sold out of tournament merchandise at the event.

The shop also have a customized "Drive Detroit" t-shirt which features a silhouette of a swinging golfer with the Detroit skyline in the background. It was designed by Detroit residents Tyler Stewart, SaLena Gulledge and Kamaree Cornelius. Stewart, Gulledge and Cornelius are students at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, and won the first Rocket Mortgage Classic T-Shirt Design Contest.

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“We had to find a way to leverage our partnership with the Rocket Mortgage Classic in a way that catered to fans who won’t be able to experience the event in person, and by offering clothing that inspired the community to think bigger than golf,” said Hyman Ngo, Vice President of Levelwear. “There is an excellent range of merchandise for fans to purchase from the comfort of home, but the ‘Drive Detroit’ T-shirts in particular will be meaningful for people as they rally behind the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s effort to drive digital inclusion in the city.”