SOURCE: Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego

Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego

SOURCE: The Jack in the Box Foundation

The Jack in the Box Foundation

December 16, 2015 15:19 ET

Pro Kids Announces New Academy Founder: The Jack in the Box Foundation

The Foundation Pledges $100,000 to Help Underprivileged Youth in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - December 16, 2015) - Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego is happy to announce The Jack in the Box Foundation as the newest Founder of Pro Kids Academy. The Jack in the Box Foundation sponsorship will include donations of both time and money to help Pro Kids fulfill its mission to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf.

"The work that Pro Kids does in the City Heights and Oceanside communities is remarkable and awe-inspiring, as are the kids in the program," said Jack in the Box Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Phillip Rudolph, who recently joined the Pro Kids' board of directors and also serves on The Jack in the Box Foundation board.

Pro Kids recently launched the Academy, an after-school program that weaves math, literacy, science, and art instruction into the game of golf. Participation is open to elementary and middle school students who attend the Academy at least twice a week. Members that continue in the program through high school will receive priority consideration for the Pro Kids scholarship, which can be used for college or career training.

"The Academy is the future of Pro Kids, and we're proud to have Jack in the Box as a Founder," said Keith Padgett, Pro Kids' Chief Executive Officer. "We value their endorsement of the program and know it's going to make a positive difference in so many lives."

As an Academy Founder, The Jack in the Box Foundation has committed to donating $100,000 to Pro Kids over the next four years. The Foundation is making this level of commitment after an inspiring visit to Pro Kids' City Heights location, where Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Lenny Comma, Rudolph, and other company executives had the opportunity to see the neighborhood, play golf with the kids and learn about the program and its huge impact on the community.

About Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego
Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego was founded in 1994 by former pro football player Ernest H. Wright, Sr., who partnered with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District to offer golf and life skills instruction to inner-city youth. Housed at Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights, with a second location in Oceanside, Pro Kids has served more than 18,000 kids, ages 7-17. For more information on Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego, visit www.thefirstteesandiego.org.

About The Jack in the Box Foundation
San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation's largest hamburger chains. The company created The Jack in the Box Foundation in 1998 to focus its charitable giving efforts and make a positive difference in the communities where Jack in the Box employees, franchisees and guests work and live. It primarily focuses on serving children and at-risk youth. The Foundation provides charitable support through financial grants of approximately $1.5 million annually to qualified, primarily youth-directed nonprofit organizations. For more information on The Jack in the Box Foundation, visit www.jackintheboxinc.com/responsibility/community.

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