MONTEREY, Calif., January 28, 2022 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Cameron Champ Foundation will show their support of First Tee – Monterey County’s plans to expand their youth development program to the Monterey Peninsula by presenting a youth clinic from 3 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 1) at Monterey Pines Golf Course.
The clinic will be hosted by PGA Tour star Cameron Champ and rapper and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am celebrity golfer ScHoolboy Q.
Champ, a First Tee alumni, was a participant in the 2012 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting First Tee at Pebble Beach. “This is going to be a fantastic event for so many kids who may never have had the opportunity to be exposed to the game of golf and its values,” said Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO. “We are excited to see First Tee programming expand throughout Monterey County.”
Champ and ScHoolboy Q will entertain and coach a group of about 75 primarily African American youth during the clinic. Champ is one of the top stars on the PGA TOUR and operates his own Foundation located in Citrus Heights, Calif. The foundation is committed to unlocking the potential in and transforming the lives of youth from underserved and underrepresented communities. ScHoolboy Q is playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the first time and is from South Central Los Angeles.
Youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, local high schools, sports groups, churches and military families will enjoy watching the two celebrities hit shots on the driving range and chip shots to a green before having the opportunity to try and to emulate their skills. Coaches from First Tee Monterey County will assist the two stars by teaching core values such as respect, courtesy, and sportsmanship.
“We are so grateful to be part of this spectacular event,” said Nick Nelson, CEO of First Tee – Monterey County. “Since 2004, First Tee has positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 young people in Salinas, King City, Greenfield, Gonzales and Castroville. In schools where First Tee conducts programming, state testing scores in math and English have risen and absenteeism has dropped. Since launching its ‘Going Gangbuster Tour’ in 2007, youth involvement in gangs has also dropped. We are thrilled to be taking the first steps today to bring our successful program in Salinas to the Monterey Peninsula, where we will be able to serve kids living in Seaside and the surrounding areas.”
During the event, Chevron, Cameron Champ Foundation and Monterey Peninsula Foundation will make a combined $100,000 donation to First Tee – Monterey County to be the founding partners for the chapters’ search for a permanent programming site on the Peninsula. “It is exciting to bring an intentional plan to expand our programming to positively change the lives of young people in Seaside, Marina and other cities on the Peninsula,” Nelson said.
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About the Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that donates funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting First Tee, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Some information about First Tee Monterey County
Since its inception in 2004, FTMC has positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 young people in Monterey County, primarily in Salinas, King City, Gonzales, Greenfield and Castroville through programming with local schools during school time, after school weekends and in seasonal camps. Independent research suggests that young people involved in programs offered by First Tee are more likely to succeed at school and develop positive behaviors that better prepare them for a lifetime of challenges. FTMC recently received the Monterey County School Boards Association Excellence in Education Award. For more information, please go to www.thefirstteemontereycounty.org
Cameron Champ Foundation
The Cameron Champ Foundation is committed to unlocking the potential in and transforming the lives of youth from underserved and underrepresented communities. To learn more about Cameron Champ Foundation, please go to www.cameronchampfoundation.org