CINCINNATI — A golf outing helped bring awareness to sudden cardiac arrest in athletes and heart disease for the fifth year.

What You Need To Know

  • Joel Cornette played basketball for St. Xavier high school and Butler 

  • Cornette died from coronary artery disease in 2016

  • Since his death, his family has created the Joel Cornette Foundation to raise awareness for sudden cardiac arrest and heart disease

  • The foundation's biggest fundraiser is the annual golf outing, which this year included sports stars like Mike Golic, Jay Harris, Kirk Herbstreit, and Brady Quinn

The Joel Cornette Foundation Golf Outing is named after the St. Xavier High School and Butler basketball star who died in 2016 from coronary artery disease.

Cornette played with Butler from 1999 to 2003, making three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen run his senior year. Now, his family is raising awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes- and the golf outing is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser.

Stars from across the sports world- from Brady Quinn to Bill Self to Kirk Herbstreit- make their way to Cincinnati every year to support the Cornette family. For them and Herbstreit, whose son had a cardiac event earlier this summer, this event is about making more people aware.

“It’s a very real thing," Jordan Cornette, Joel's younger brother said. "LeBron James’ son just had an episode. Kirk Herbstreit’s son is battling heart disease right now too. It’s a very real thing. We’re trying to do what we can with this foundation to help fight that with the money that we raise here, with the great people that show up dedicated and loyal and show up each year we’re trying to do good things.”

Jordan Cornette, Joel's younger brother, said it means a lot to have so many people support his brother's foundation (Spectrum News 1/Katie Kapusta)

“It’s a reality check," Herbstreit said. "It is something I think for all of us who are parents to be aware of and if your kid’s participating in sports, I think it’s a good thing to bring attention and awareness because in my son’s case, he looks fine, doesn’t mean they’re necessarily doing okay.”

The Cornette family encourages everyone to get a routine check of their heart to ensure their heart is functioning properly.