GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PGA TOUR Superstore has announced a $5,000 grant to The First Tee of Denver and a $5,000 grant to The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch to deliver educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
The First Tee chapters conduct programs in the schools, after-school, weekend, and summer programs for more than 12,000 young people annually, including 50 area elementary schools enrolled in The First Tee National School Program.
PGA TOUR Superstore will award the check on Saturday, March 9, as part of the PGA TOUR Superstore Golf-O-Rama at the Greenwood Village store. Young people from The First Tee of Denver and the First Tee of Green Valley Ranch will participate in the event, and the public is invited to attend.
Across the country, PGA TOUR Superstore and its store associates support The First Tee chapters. In addition to grants, PGA TOUR Superstore provides young people with access to state-of-the-art teaching, club fitting and training.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 and a Trustee of The First Tee. "The First Tee provides young people with life-changing experiences," said Golf & Tennis Pro Shop President and CEO Dick Sullivan. "Our associates are proud to help more youth gain access to The First Tee character education and golf instruction." In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, PGA TOUR Superstore supports The First Tee chapters reaching young people in Atlanta, Chicago, Paramus, Dallas, Delray Beach, Denver, Myrtle Beach, Naples and Phoenix. PGA TOUR Superstore has announced that it will open a store in East Palo Alto next month and a store in Irvine, California, later this year. The Foundation's chairman, Arthur M. Blank, is also chairman of Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, the owner and operator of PGA TOUR Superstore. He became a Trustee of The First Tee in January 2012, committing $1 million to the youth development organization through his family foundation. About The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch The Colorado Open Golf Foundation ( www.thefirstteegreenvalleyranch.org) operates The First Tee chapter at Green Valley Ranch and administers the HealthONE Colorado Open Championships at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club. The foundation, along with the allied golf associations of Colorado, also supports the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools program About The First Tee of Denver The mission of The First Tee of Denver ( www.thefirstteeofdenver.com) is to educate and inspire youth academically, socially, and physically through the game of golf. While it is a major goal of The First Tee of Denver to introduce inner city and disadvantaged youth to practice and play opportunities in golf, we see a chance to use the unique challenges of the game to work with and through schools to assist in the academic development of the boys and girls in the program. The vision is for every participant to carry a golf club in one hand and a degree in the other. About PGA TOUR Superstore: PGA TOUR Superstore is operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., a subsidiary of AMB Group, LLC, headquartered in Roswell, Georgia. 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, a putting green and chipping area. There is also an in-house club making and repair facility. Many stores are equipped with a full-size tennis court and a tennis professional on staff for lessons and clinics.