On behalf of the John Cook Family Foundation, Jim Cook, father of celebrated pro golfer John Cook and an experienced tournament manager of the Professional PGA Tour and Senior Tour as well as a golf course designer and course management expert, noted that his team has vast experience running successful The First Tee programs. "The John Cook Family Foundation was awarded the very first chapter of The First Tee in Ohio—The First Tee of Greater Columbus with Cathy Cook as Executive Director—which grew to more than 700 young golfers and their families. We are looking to establish that type of successful program here and become one of the leading sites in the nation. This community is already demonstrating that there is a real demand for a program that can help kids come away with stronger values as they are learning the game and having fun," he said.About The First Tee Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has steadily grown into a robust national and international youth service organization, impacting, influencing and inspiring more than 10.5 million young people in all 50 states and several international locations. Headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners, the LPGA, the Master's Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair. The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in schools and at other youth service locations. For more information, visit www.thefirsttee.org. About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.