Mizuno USA, Inc. and 3balls.com have launched a special charity auction with proceeds benefiting The First Tee. The First Tee is a premier charity partner of eBay Sports and 3balls.com is the auction management site for The First Tee.

Mizuno is celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary in 2006. In recognition of this milestone, Mizuno is producing 2,006 Limited Edition Centenary sets of MP-100 irons which will be sold worldwide. Mizuno is offering the very first production set, serialized #0001 of 2,006, to be auctioned off on eBay with 100% of the proceeds going to The First Tee.

“We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to partner with The First Tee on this auction of our commemorative set of MP-100 irons celebrating Mizuno's 100-year anniversary,” said Bob Puccini, president Mizuno USA, Inc. and chairman of Mizuno Canada, Ltd. “Mizuno’s corporate philosophy is ‘contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports,’ and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to illustrate that commitment through a donation to The First Tee which positively impacts the lives of so many young people through the game of golf.”

The commemorative sets of Mizuno MP-100 irons will be available to retail customers beginning November 20, 2006.

“We are delighted that Mizuno Corporation chose The First Tee as the beneficiary of this auction”, said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., executive director of The First Tee. “Their contribution, combined with the ongoing support The First Tee receives from our Founding Partners, other corporations, foundations, individuals, and the public sector, enhances our ability to deliver life skills lessons that help young people reach their full potential.”