SOURCE: The First Tee of West Virginia

February 26, 2010 10:10 ET

The First Tee of West Virginia Names New State Director

BECKLEY, WV--(Marketwire - February 26, 2010) -  At the meeting of its board of directors this week, Mike Mays was introduced as the new executive director who will lead The First Tee of West Virginia (TFTWV). Mays, who just returned from the Eastern Regional meeting of The First Tee in St. Augustine, Fla., reported to the board on news and strategic direction from the parent organization.

At the St. Augustine meeting last week, it was announced that First Lady Michelle Obama has designated The First Tee as a national initiative for overcoming youth obesity. The longstanding Nine Core Values™ of The First Tee will be joined with a new set of Nine Healthy Lifestyles™ for kids. With the First Lady's announcement and Mays' hiring, the golf-oriented youth development program is gaining momentum in West Virginia.

"Mike is well known and well connected throughout the state golfing community and the southern West Virginia business community," noted Robert Martin, chairman of the board of TFTWV. "We feel very fortunate to have a leader of his caliber joining our team."

Mays will guide the non-profit's programs in Beckley, Charleston and the Eastern Panhandle, while leading its expansion into new areas of the Mountain State in the months ahead. A native of Beckley, Mays brings financial expertise, fundraising experience and a passion for golf to the organization.

"The youth of West Virginia need this program and deserve this program," stated Mr. Mays. "I have seen firsthand the impact that golf and the values inherent to the game have upon kids, and I am excited and honored to be a part of The First Tee of West Virginia team. It's a dream job for me."

About The First Tee of West Virginia
A program of the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia since 2006, The First Tee of West Virginia provides youth development and values enhancement through education and programs designed around the game of golf. Last year, its programs served more than 2,900 West Virginia youth. For more information about TFTWV please go to

The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Augustine, Fla. Since its inception in 1997, it has introduced the game of golf and its values to 3.5 million participants in 50 states. For more information please visit

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