Nov. 28, 2003 – The Teens on the Green organization presents its annual Legends Award to persons who have "contributed to the betterment of youngsters regardless of race or religion in both education and sports."
According to a release from the organization, which on Nov. 6-9 for the second year held its World Championship Finale tournament on St. Croix, "each recipient is screened and researched thoroughly to insure that their actions on behalf of increasing the positive future of youngsters are sincere and ongoing."
The awards this year went to Jeffrey Prosser, owner of Innovative Communication Corp.; St. Croix businessman Cosmo Williams; Gov. Charles W. Turnbull; and Igor Malyshnikov, chief executive of the European Junior Golf Tour.
Renny Roker, Teens on the Green founder and president, commented on the honorees: "Jeffrey Prosser has proven his support of the Virgin Islands youth community so many times that making the award was an easy conclusion. Cosmo Williams has a history over the years of supporting youngsters in every walk of life, including hundreds of hours of personal free instructions to any youngster for golf lessons and kind words. Gov. Charles Turnbull has created a habit of supporting initiatives that include the youth of the Virgin Islands. Igor Malyshnikov has single-handedly brought golf to European youngsters that would never be able to play the sport, and was a gracious host to the Teens on the Green team when they attended their finale in Riga, Latvia."
Also this year, two individuals received awards for the second time — Tourism Commissioner Pamela Richards and Dave Tarr, chief executive of Success Concepts — for "their untiring efforts and support of youth in education and sports." Roker said Richards "insisted that the youth of St. Croix and the Virgin Islands benefit from the TOG event," and Tarr "leased a 170-passenger jet to make sure that all youngsters that deserved to attend were present" at the tournament, held on the Carambola golf course.
A letter from TOG's senior vice president for operations, Marvin S. Finley, went out on Thursday introducing Success Concepts as "one of the largest current contributors to TOG and … committed to become the largest." It described the "TOG and Success Concepts program" as soliciting the donation of yachts to the organization, which are then sold, and "the donors receive the tax write-off and the charity receives a percentage of the proceeds."
The Tourism Department was one of this year's sponsors, along with Jet Blue Airlines, Carambola Resort, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Wiesner Enterprises, Budget Rent A Car and Sand Castles on the Beach.
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