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    PRESS RELEASE

    Columbus, Ohio - February 15, 2010 -

    Volunteer registration opens for the 2010
    Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational
    Tournament officials announced today that volunteer registration for the fourth annual Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational opens today at www.nchigolf.com.

    "Volunteer support is essential to the success of the Tournament," said Tournament Director, Kip McBride. "We are extremely proud of the nearly 800 individuals each year that donate their time to the tournament. They make everything we do at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational possible."

    Volunteers have a variety of different areas available to choose from during registration. These areas represent the many tasks required to conduct a Nationwide Tour event. A description of each area is available during registration.

    All volunteers receive a uniform that consists of a golf shirt, cap and volunteer badge. Volunteers also receive breakfast and lunch for each day they work as well as preferred parking and tournament tickets for family and friends. In addition, all volunteers are invited to attend a catered post-tournament party immediately following play on July 25th. To cover the cost of the uniform new volunteers are charged a fee of $40.00 and return volunteers a fee of $15.00.

    In 2009 the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational raised in excess of $880,000 for charitable organizations, including $325,000 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The total marks the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament in the event's three-year history.The figure marked the second largest on the Nationwide Tour in 2009 and brings the tournament's total charitable giving to more than $1.7 million. No other tournament in Nationwide Tour history has given more to charity over its first three years than the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

    The fourth playing of the annual event held in Nationwide's home town of Columbus, Ohio will take place July 19 - 25, 2010 at the Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course.

    ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL INVITATIONAL

    The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour to operate as an "invitational", providing a unique platform in which the best players on the Nationwide Tour will be joined by a select number of the country's top collegian/amateur golfers in a limited field of 144 players. Featuring a purse of $775,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Nationwide Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.nchigolf.com.


    ABOUT NATIONWIDE

    Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. Nationwide ranks #124 on the Fortune 500 list. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
    Nationwide, Nationwide Insurance, the Nationwide Framemark, Life Comes at You Fast, On Your Side, of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

    ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE TOUR

    Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage.  As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, two out of three PGA TOUR members are Nationwide Tour alumni.  Tour alumni have won 264 PGA TOUR titles, including 13 majors and three PLAYERS Championships.  Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be at stake over the course of 29 events in 2010.  Recognizing the Tour's growing stature, Nationwide Insurance has renewed its umbrella sponsorship of the Nationwide Tour through 2012.  The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its three tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $1.5 billion in charitable giving.  To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM.

    ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

    The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams - 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational - and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State. 

     

     

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