BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association announced Tuesday a new partnership with Exide Technologies (NASDAQ: XIDE, www.exide.com), a global leader in stored electrical energy solutions. The Country Club of the South will play host to the Exide Technologies Junior Open to be held April 23 – 25 in Johns Creek, Ga.
As one of the world’s largest producers, distributors and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, Exide’s products and services span global markets and geographic borders, melding bases of experience and technology from its Transportation, Industrial Energy and ReStore Energy Systems divisions.Exide also is a civic leader dedicated to serving the communities in which it operates. A beneficiary of Exide Technologies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) will receive funding through the Exide Technologies Junior Open Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament.
“Exide prides itself in corporate responsibility, and mentoring children is a strong pillar of our community activism. Through our partnership with AJGA as title sponsor of this year’s Junior Open, our Company is supporting young athletes,” said Gordon A. Ulsh, Chief Executive Officer of Exide Technologies. “Exide has had an alliance with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta for more than a year, and by designating this organization as our charity of choice for the AJGA tournament, we are utilizing a new opportunity to positively influence the lives of at-risk children.”
The AJGA has a long history of giving back to local communities through tournament fundraising efforts, making the partnership with Exide a natural choice.
“We are excited to partner with Exide, a dedicated BBBSMA supporter, and the AJGA, an organization that also is committed to developing youth,” said Janice McKenzie-Crayton, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. “This incredible support helps us to continue serving children in this community.”
2010 marks the first year that Exide Technologies sponsors the AJGA Junior Open, which will bring 78 of the nation’s top junior golfers to Johns Creek for 36 holes of competition.
“We are looking forward to this event and are excited to build long-standing relationships with both Exide Technologies and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta,” said Preston Etheridge, AJGA Southeast Regional Director. “This is the first of what we hope to be many years of the Exide Technologies Junior Open.”
About Exide Technologies
Exide Technologies, with operations in more than 80 countries, has four global business groups which provide a comprehensive range of stored electrical energy products and services for industrial and transportation applications.
Transportation markets include original-equipment and aftermarket automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural and marine applications, and new technologies for hybrid vehicles and automotive applications. Industrial markets include network power applications such as telecommunications systems, electric utilities, railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power related) and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and motive-power applications including lift trucks, mining and other commercial vehicles.
Further information about Exide, including its financial results, are available at www.exide.com.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
Founded in 1960, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. BBBS exists to transform the community by providing and supporting meaningful one-to-one friendships between children and caring, well-trained volunteers. In 2009, the agency served more than 3,200 children ages 6-18, in a 12-county service area, making it one of the largest affiliated agencies in the United States. This year marks the agency’s 50th anniversary. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta or to sign up as a volunteer adult mentor, please visit www.bbbsatl.org or call (404) 601-7000.
About the American Junior Golf Association
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.
For more information on the Exide Technologies Junior Open, please contact Ashley O’Dell (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1787.