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Northampton tire dealer supporting youth sports

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— The Michelin Soccer Program and Pete’s Tire Barn Inc. donated more than $778 in both funds and equipment to the Northampton Recreation Department, money that will be used for scholarships, uniforms and other soccer essentials for the participating leagues.

The Michelin Soccer Program partners tire dealers with local youth soccer organizations, providing the dealers the opportunity reach out to the community. The leagues in turn receive funds and equipment. The soccer leagues are sent certificates that can be redeemed at the dealer’s store for a free soccer ball during a 30-day promotional period, while supples last. After a 60-day tire rebate promotion included on the certificate, Michelin donates $2 to the soccer organization for each tire sold during the program.

Jim Haibon of Pete’s Tire Barn Inc. in Northampton is an avid support of the program. “The Michelin Soccer Program is an incredible way to connect with families and young players,” he said in a prepared statement. “The look on the child’s face as you hand them their soccer ball is priceless. I encourage all the Michelin dealers to find a local soccer league and support them through this program.”

To find out more about Pete’s Tire Barn, Inc., contact Haibon, 586-8815, at 186 North King St., northampton or visit www.petestire.com

Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automotibles, bicycles, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles, and also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and atlases. With headquarters in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,200 and operated 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.

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