Nicklaus Companies and Speedway Join Forces to Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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Proceeds from Nicklaus Golf Ball Sales at Speedway Convenience Stores to Help Sick and Injured Kids

Nicklaus Companies—the company which introduced premium golf balls designed, tested and perfected under the direct supervision of Jack Nicklaus—is announcing a partnership with Speedway LLC (Speedway) to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the sale of Nicklaus Golf Balls at participating convenience store locations from May through July.

jack nicklaus golf ballSleeves of the popular Nicklaus “Blue” model ($6) will be displayed at the checkout of participating Speedway locations. One dollar from each purchase will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This promotion continues the commitment of both organizations to support children’s charities. A number of Nicklaus-branded or licensed products have been introduced in recent years with a philanthropic tie-in, including water, lemonade, wine, sunglasses, and ice cream.

“More important than my legacy as a professional athlete is our family’s desire to truly make a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Nicklaus, a 2015 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can bestow on an individual. “I have had the opportunity to meet and work with the leadership at Speedway, and they share in our commitment to help children, with a particular focus on pediatric healthcare. They have a long history with our mutual friends at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and through this partnership we have an opportunity to continue to positively affect the lives of millions of children and their families.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that treat more than 10 million kids each year. A donation made at a local Speedway directly supports the member hospital in that community. Speedway is the largest contributor to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the convenience store industry. Since 1991, Speedway has contributed more than $68 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the generosity of their customers, vendors and employees.

“Speedway is one of the largest corporate sponsors for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” shared Speedway President Tony Kenney. “We are honored to partner with the Nicklaus Companies in support of this very worthwhile cause.”

A percentage of every dozen Nicklaus Golf Balls already supports the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The balls are engineered to benefit players of all skill levels, with the “Blue” models optimizing feel and distance by combining a high speed gradient core and a low spin mantle. Customers can also purchase “Black” and “White” models online at www.nicklaus.com. Golfers choose a ball according to the color of the tee markers from which they typically play. This color-coding system makes choosing the correct ball easy, benefitting scores and pace of play.

About the Nicklaus Companies

The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions and growing the game. For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to help further the growth of the company and to realize the full potential of the brands and branded businesses. Howard Milstein is Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust and is actively involved in the Nicklaus Companies serving as Co-Chairman along with Jack.

Products and services include golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 390 courses worldwide, open for play in 39 countries and 39 U.S states. Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962. The Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products include restaurants; beverages; wine; home appliances; flooring; cabinets; apparel; footwear; and golf equipment.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, please visit nicklaus.com.

About Speedway

Speedway LLC (Speedway), headquartered in Enon, Ohio, is the nation’s second largest company-owned and operated convenience store chain with approximately 2,750 stores located in 22 states. Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC). For further information about Speedway, visit the company’s web site at http://www.speedway.com.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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