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Yokohama Tire Corporation Names National Non-Profit KaBOOM! as LPGA Charity Recipient

Proceeds from Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic will help KaBOOM! bring play opportunities to children across America

FULLERTON, CA (September 16, 2014) — 

As part of its overall commitment to support social causes to effect positive impact, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) today announced KaBOOM! as the beneficiary of YTC's title sponsorship of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

The announcement by Andrew Briggs, YTC director, marketing and product planning, was made following the Champions Challenge in Prattville, Alabama, an event held as part of the September 18-21 golf tournament. Briggs said all proceeds from the event will go to KaBOOM!

"We carefully consider causes that are crucial across the nation and look for partners who align with our corporate values," Briggs said. "There are millions of children living in poverty in this country without access to the play they need. KaBOOM! shares our ideals of giving back to communities by creating and catalyzing great places to play, inspiring, empowering and leading play advocates, and educating and elevating the societal conversation about the importance of play in children's lives. That's why we're setting aside proceeds from our LPGA event to help make new playgrounds a reality for children to enjoy for years to come."

"We are thrilled to partner with Yokohama, the LPGA and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to help us achieve our bold goal of giving all children access to the balanced play they need every day," said Andrea Nelson, Corporate Partnerships Manager at KaBOOM!, "We know that Yokohama shares our belief that providing play opportunities to children today will ensure they grow up to become healthy and productive adults."

Briggs said this was the first step in a new YTC KaBOOM! affiliation, which will be the tire maker's LPGA charity partner for the next three years. "We are excited to work with KaBOOM! and believe they tie in wonderfully with our partnerships with the Ladies Professional Golf Association and Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, where the tournament is held."

Media Contacts:
Bill Groak, PCG, Cell: 310/849-3676, Work: 424/903-3640, bgroak@pacificcommunicationsgroup.com 
Bruno Tager, KaBOOM! Cell: 301/919-4482, Work: 202/464-6162, BTager@kaboom.org

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About Yokohama Tire Corporation

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company's complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama's broad product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

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About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters, visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.