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Virginia Natural Gas Partners with The First Tee of Hampton Roads to Launch Golf Program in Schools

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Feb. 5, 2018 – Virginia Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas, joined The First Tee of Hampton Roads to launch the educational golf program in 10 local schools in South Hampton Roads. Twenty physical education teachers participated in the kick-off Jan. 29 which provided professional development sessions to learn how to integrate the character education and health lessons along with basic golf instruction.

A check for $40,000 was presented which represents funds donated by Southern Company and Virginia Natural Gas to help support the program that provides training, equipment and resources to teach students the game of golf and the nine core values associated with it. Through after-school and in-school programs, The First Tee National School program helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

"Virginia Natural Gas is committed to supporting the communities where we live and serve,” said Virginia Natural Gas Vice President of Operations KR Campbell. “We are honored to work with The First Tee of Hampton Roads to help with educational efforts that introduce students to the game of golf and assist them with becoming outstanding students and citizens of our community.”

The First Tee National School Program has reached more than 14 million youth since 1997. Virginia Natural Gas plans to partner with The First Tee on more school programs this year.

About Virginia Natural Gas

Virginia Natural Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides natural gas service to 293,000 customers in southeast Virginia.  Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized as one of the safest, most reliable and customer-focused natural gas service providers, and in 2016 was ranked second in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the South and third nationally by J.D. Power and Associates. Also in 2016, Virginia Natural Gas was recognized as an Environmental Champion by Cogent™ Reports and as the Local Distribution Company of the Year by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association. For more information, visit www.virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/VaNaturalGasCo) and Twitter (Twitter.com/VaNaturalGas).

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company.  Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at www.southerncompanygas.com.

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