June 25, 2009 // Franchising.com // Manasquan, NJ For more than a decade, Jersey Mike's Subs is spreading a message of hope—and lunch—to thousands of underprivileged children across the country. The company, led by founder & CEO Peter Cancro, will team up with inspirational golf phenomenon Dennis Walters, The First Tee Foundation and other organizations for eleven national events, each bringing life lessons and full stomachs to children from coast to coast. The first event takes place today in Boca Raton, Fla.
"We are proud to partner with Dennis Walters, The First Tee Foundation, and all these groups that share our commitment to making a difference in someone's life," said Cancro. "Everyone can benefit from the inspirational stories of others who have overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams and Dennis has an amazing story to tell."
The tour is one of golf lessons and life lessons as Walters shares his personal story and challenges, encouraging the audience to reach for their dreams. Last year, Walters was presented the 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
"If there is something you really want to do – no matter how impossible it may seem – with enough hard work and perseverance you can do it," said Walters, who became a trick-shot golfer after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Sponsoring events like this is personal for Cancro who founded Jersey Mike's at age 17, before he was even legally able to slice a sub. Cancro credits an important mentor – his football coach -- for believing in him and supporting his dreams. Today, Jersey Mike's has more than 400 locations open and in-development nationwide and the company remains committed to making a difference in the communities it serves.
Jersey Mike's, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 400 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support. Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike's serves authentic Northeast style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago. The company's mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates.
The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.