SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Chargers Hall-of-Famer Wes Chandler is preparing to host the inaugural NanoTecNexus Celebrity Golf Classic, Friday, October 23 at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego.

Chandler will be joined by cohost Cindy Matalucci, of the

The tournament is presented by Ranch & Village Homes, LLC and organized by NanoTecNexus in partnership with Wes Chandler, President of Major League Football. This two-day event includes a VIP celebrity reception on Thursday night, October 22, at the Del Mar Country Club. Participation and sponsorship opportunities for this grand event are available at

Chandler, a four-time Pro Bowler and NFL record-holder for average yards per game of 129.0, draws celebrities from all over the country. Invited celebrity guests include former Chargers Anthony Miller and NFL Hall-of-Famer Charlie Joiner; Former MLB player and Giants/Reds/Cubs manager Dusty Baker; Dan Fouts, former Charger All-Pro QB and Hall-of-Famer; Emmitt Smith, former Cowboy, Hall-of-Famer, and two-time NFL rushing leader; and Christopher Knight, former Brady Bunch TV star. The list continues with other greats like Darren Bennett, Mike Husted, Pete Shaw, Willie Buchanon, Israel Stanley, Andre Reed many more.

Presenting sponsor Karen Van Ness, co-founder at Ranch & Village Homes LLC says “I chose to be part of this event because I believe the future of humanity depends on science and technology.” Van Ness added “First we need to get everyone on board with understanding what the lack of education is going to do in the future”.

Participants in the golf tournament have the unique opportunity to be part of a community that wants to bring 21st Century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to K-12 students. That is the goal at NanoTecNexus—to make nanoscience education accessible to underserved students and help change lives for a better future.

Three facts make this effort especially important—society’s increased dependence on technology, more than 50 percent of public school students live at the poverty level, and more than 85 percent of elementary school teachers have not received science-related professional development in more than three years. “That’s why NTN’s goal of changing lives through nanoscience STEM education is so relevant” noted Adriana Vela, Founder and CEO of NanoTecNexus. “By helping the disenfranchised to get excited about STEM, we can develop problem solvers now to help address the big problems facing humankind in the near future.” Vela said.

Proceeds from the celebrity golf classic will benefit NanoTecNexus, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing lives through nanoscience STEM education. For more event details, visit For details about NTN visit .

About NanoTecNexus Learning Group

NanoTecNexus (NTN) Learning Group focuses on inspiring K-12 students to pursue STEM education careers and transforming how individuals learn about nanotechnology and its impact on industry, academia, and society. NTN Learning Group is a 501c3 spin-off of award-winning NTN, Inc. and leverages 10 years of dedication to the nanotechnology industry to achieve its new K- 12 educational mission. Founded in 2004 as an industry association, NTN is acclaimed as a leading nonprofit organization that invests in the ecosystem comprised of industry, academia and K-12 education. Originally founded as NanoBioNexus, NTN dedicated its first five years to the intersection of nanotechnology and biotechnology and nanotech applications in cancer. In 2009, the organization expanded to other sectors and continues to evolve to meet the needs of its constituencies. For more information, visit

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