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Press Releases

Learn about notable things happening at Pro Kids. Click on the links below to view press releases.

Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego Announces New Development Director
June 20, 2014: Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanna Rosenbaum as the new Director of Development effective immediately. Rosenbaum previously held the position of Governance & Grants Manager at Pro Kids. 

Pro Kids Honors Volunteers with President's Volunteer Service Award
June 6, 2014: Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego is pleased to announce that it has awarded ten volunteers with the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

Keith Padgett Appointed New CEO for Pro Kids
April 30, 2014: Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego has named Keith Padgett as its new Chief Executive Officer. Padgett joined the organization in early April after a regional search and selection process.

Snow Lands at Colina Park Golf Course
December 17, 2013: Squeals and screams filled Colina Park Golf Course on Saturday, December 14, as members of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego participated in the Fifth Annual Snow Day. The event allowed 100 elementary school members to spend the day experiencing one of winter's finer qualities, snow.

Annual Snow Day Event
December 5, 2013: Winter is coming to San Diego! On December 14, Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego will be hosting its Fifth Annual Snow Day. The event will include sled rides, lunch and a special holiday treat for 100 elementary school Pro Kids members.

Pro Kids Welcomes New Board of Directors Members
June 24, 2011: Pro Kids welcomes two new board members: Bertram C. Edelstein, Ph.D. of The Edelstein Group and Richard C. Helmstetter of the Helmstetter Family Foundation. Both Bert and Dick have been long-time volunteers and supporters of Pro Kids.

Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Comes to San Diego
March 29, 2011: No time to play golf in the daylight hours? Now is your chance to play golf at night. Pro Kids and the Building Industry Association are hosting the second annual 24 Hour Golf-a-thon on April 29 and 30.

Local Pro Kids Alum Earns LPGA Membership
October 26, 2010: Twenty-three-year-old Pro Kids alum Tiffany Joh earned her 2011 LPGA membership by finishing in the top 10 season money winners for the Duramed FUTURES Tour.

Local Golfers Celebrate Pro Kids at Annual Tournament
September 22, 2010: The Pro Kids Golf Tournament, presented by The Legacy Rolf Benirschke Invitational, The Bradley Foundation, and Turner Construction, was a huge success! The tournament brough together 108 golfers and raised $280,000 (net) for Pro Kids.

Two Young Golfers Make the Cut and Will Tee It Up With the Pros at Pebble Beach
September 1, 2010: Jorgeo Catolico and Madilena Mendiola honed their golf skills at Pro Kids, home of The First Tee of San Diego, in City Heights and now they’re partnering with some of the world’s best professional golfers at Pebble Beach. Please see the press release about their participation in The Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open this week.

Pro Kids Member Earns Awards at National Leadership Academy
July 22, 2010: Fourteen year-old Pro Kids member Savannah Knox was selected to attend The First Tee Life-Skills and Leadership Academy in Manhattan, KS July 13 – 20 and returned from her trip with two awards - first place at the girl’s golf tournament and the Nancy Lopez Outstanding Female Golfer Award.

Former Charger Great Ernie Wright’s Vision to Build Pro Kids Golf and Learning Center in North County Clears a Major Hurdle
July 20, 2010: North County is a chip shot away from getting one of the nation’s leading youth golf and educational programs. City leaders in Oceanside have unanimously approved leasing space next to the city’s municipal golf course to Pro Kids, home of The First Tee of San Diego.
 
Pro Kids Members Lead 2010 Golf Championships
July 20, 2010: Pro Kids members placed high at this year’s Callaway Junior World Golf Championships, and Pro Kids alum Tiffany Joh took first place at the ING New England Golf Classic in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Pro Kids Alum Gets Her Big Break
June 18, 2010: One of San Diego’s best young golfers and Pro Kids alum, Maiya Tanaka will appear as a contestant on the 13th season of the Golf Channel's popular series, Big Break.

Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Comes to San Diego
May 12, 2010: No time to play golf in the daylight hours? Now is your chance to play golf at night. Pro Kids and the Building Industry Association are hosting a 24 Hour Golf-a-thon on May 14 and 15.

Pro Kids Member Speaks at Congressional Breakfast
May 6, 2010: Roberto Rosas, a six-year participant at Pro Kids Golf Academy, home of The First Tee of San Diego, traveled to Washington, D.C. last Wednesday, April 28 to speak in front of members of Congress about his experiences as a participant of The First Tee.

Glow-in-the-dark Golf Comes to San Diego
April 28, 2010: No time to play golf in the daylight hours? Now is your chance to play golf at night. Pro Kids and BIA Cares are hosting a 24 Hour Golf-a-thon on May 14 and 15, and in preparation for the event, Pro kids will host a special event for media.

Former Chargers Legend Honored
April 20, 2010: Former Chargers place-kicker Rolf Benirschke will be honored at the 11th annual Pro Kids Celebrates dinner.

New Board Members & Officers
March 30, 2010: Pro Kids welcomes two new board members: Al Baytop, Director of Scholarship Development at University of San Diego and Kim Eggleston, President at Park Management Group. Both Al and Kim have been long-time volunteers and supporters of Pro Kids. New, and returning, officers were also established at the meeting.

24 Hour Golf-a-thon
February 17, 2010: BIA Cares is teaming up with Pro Kids to host a 24-hour golf-a-thon on May 14 and 15 to raise funds for a new golf and learning facility for kids in Oceanside.

Snow Day
December 3, 2009: One hundred (100) first through fifth graders who are Pro Kids members will experience snow for their first time.