PHOENIX, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PGA TOUR Superstore has announced a $10,000 grant to The First Tee of Phoenix to deliver educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
The grant was awarded Sunday, December 1, at the organization's annual awards event.
"PGA TOUR Superstore associates are proud to team up with The First Tee of Phoenix to reach tens of thousands of young people with education and character development programs," said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. "Young people who live by The First Tee's Nine Core Values do better at home, at school and in life."
The First Tee of Phoenix conducts programs in the schools and during after-school, weekend and summer periods for more than 100,000 young people annually, including 160 area elementary schools enrolled in The First Tee National School Program.
PGA TOUR Superstore has 17 retail locations. The superstores are owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Blank became a Trustee of The First Tee in January 2012, committing $1 million to the youth development organization.
In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, PGA TOUR Superstore associates support The First Tee chapters reaching young people in East Palo Alto, Atlanta, Chicago, Paramus, Dallas, Delray Beach, Denver, Myrtle Beach, Naples, Phoenix and Palm Desert, California. PGA TOUR Superstore is opening new stores this month in Irvine, California, and Westbury, Long Island.
In addition to grants, PGA TOUR Superstore provides young people with access to state-of-the-art teaching, club fitting and training.
About The First Tee of Phoenix:
The First Tee of Phoenix (www.thefirstteephoenix.org) is one of approximately 190 youth development chapters of The First Tee. Serving young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life, The First Tee of Phoenix teaches valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf. By using the fundamentals of golf, The First Tee of Phoenix equips youth with the skills needed to follow their dreams, advance academically and athletically, strengthen their social abilities and become productive members of their local community. The First Tee of Phoenix is privileged to have the active support of The Thunderbirds, an extraordinary group of local community-oriented individuals with a common focus to positively impact the lives of young people. Through the years, the proceeds of events staged by The Thunderbirds - most notably the Phoenix Open - have been spent to benefit numerous organizations and individuals.
About PGA TOUR Superstore:
PGA TOUR Superstore is operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., headquartered in Roswell, GA, and is a majority-controlled subsidiary of AMB Group, LLC.
As the PGA TOUR's exclusive off-course/off-airport retail partner, PGA TOUR Superstore provides customers with access to the same technology and expertise that card-carrying TOUR Pros use each week in the TOUR Vans that accompany them. All stores are staffed with teaching professionals and have multiple state-of-the-art swing simulators, practice hitting bays and a putting green. There is also an in-house clubmaking and repair facility. Along with equipment and accessories, PGA TOUR Superstore has an unmatched selection of men's, women's and juniors' apparel and footwear for golf and tennis.
PGA TOUR Superstore's e-Commerce website and direct-to-consumer fulfillment also offers the widest assortment of golf and tennis equipment and apparel online. PGATOURSuperstore.com is the PGA TOUR's exclusive online retail partner, accessible through the Shop link on the TOUR's website and mobile applications. For more information and career opportunities, visit us at: www.pgatoursuperstore.com.
SOURCE PGA TOUR Superstore