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Kia, Michelle Wie contribute to Marine YMCA program

Camp Pendleton's Operation Hero offers tutoring and mentoring to students

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: March 23, 2012 11:05 AM

Kia Motors America and champion golfer Michelle Wie have come together to donate $50,000 to Camp Pendleton’s Operation Hero YMCA volunteer program. Wie is currently competing in the third annual Kia Classic Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golf tournament in Carlsbad, CA.

The donation is funding the program by Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County. Operation Hero, which is offered at the base’s Armed Services YMCA, provides free after-school mentoring and tutoring to kindergarten and elementary school children from military families living on the base. The funds will allow the program to continue to operate for free, providing staff, equipment and services to more than 375 children.

Tom Loveless, vice president of sales for Kia Motors America, said that as a company based in Southern California, Kia is deeply committed to supporting its local communities. "Operation Hope delivers much needed services and assistance to the children of our military service men and women and it is our privilege to make a contribution in partnership with Michelle Wie and celebrate her college graduation in a special and meaningful way."

Wie, a two-time Kia Classic winner, is making the donation to Camp Pendleton in part to commemorate her graduation from Stanford University. She is also Kia’s official golf ambassador and drives a Kia Soul.

"Our after school program, Operation Hero, is our most critical program for the young military children attending the five elementary schools on Camp Pendleton," said George Brown, executive director of the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA. "While reducing their stress levels, the program provides the children skills to be successful socially and academically at both home and school."

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