John Deere and The First Tee® Introduce "Careers On Course" Program

John Deere and The First Tee® Introduce "Careers On Course" Program 
Initiative introduces teenage students to the science, technology and business 
aspects of golf course management 
MOLINE, Ill., July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Teenage participants at three chapters of 
The First Tee will explore several aspects of a career in golf course 
management and the science of agronomy this summer through a new program 
sponsored by John Deere. 
The experience known as "Careers on Course" is being offered as a part of 
Deere's $1 million commitment to the First Tee organization, which was 
announced in February. The program is expected to expand to other courses in 
the future. 
"The First Tee is an outstanding and proven program for youth development," 
said James M. Field, president of John Deere's Worldwide Agriculture and Turf 
Division. "The Careers on Course program builds on the leadership development 
activities already taking place in The First Tee while providing participants 
with the opportunity to better understand the business of golf course 
Deere announced in February that it would contribute $1 million over five 
years to The First Tee, a non-profit youth organization that uses golf as a 
platform to teach life and leadership skills and provide character education 
programs for young people. 
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee, said, "There 
are many important outcomes for young people involved in The First Tee. 
Participants have more confidence in academic work and social settings. We 
believe Careers on Course will help keep young people engaged and inspire 
interest in the scientific, technological, and business aspects of a golf 
course management career." 
Deere is a major manufacturer of equipment for golf course maintenance and 
turf care and a title sponsor of a PGA TOUR event. The company has stated that 
The First Tee contribution emphasizes John Deere's commitment to the game of 
golf and the career development of professionals in the golf course 
maintenance industry. 
Participants in the Careers on Course program learn from professionals who 
work at PGA TOUR golf courses partnering with The First Tee. Students will 
learn the work required to present a well-manicured, environmentally safe and 
playable course.  In addition, participants will also receive an introduction 
to club operations. The program curriculum was developed in conjunction with 
the PGA TOUR. 
Locations in 2013 for the Careers on Course program include the TPC Boston in 
June; TPC Sugarloaf near Atlanta in July; and Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, 
Chicago, in August. Chapters of The First Tee in those markets will 
participate at each event. 
Two participants from each chapter involved in the initial events will have 
the opportunity to shadow a superintendent as he or she prepares their golf 
course for an official PGA TOUR event, including the Deutsche Bank 
Championship in August; the BMW Championship in September; and the TOUR 
Championship by Coca-Cola in September. 
In 2014, select participants will be invited to the Deere & Company World 
Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, and TPC Deere Run in nearby Silvis, 
Illinois, to learn about business operations and other career opportunities. 
About John Deere 
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products 
and services and is committed to the success of those whose work is linked to 
the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon 
the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, 
shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative 
products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more 
information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at 
About The First Tee 
The First Tee ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development 
organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing 
educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and 
promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at 
World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people 
on golf courses, in elementary schools, at other youth-serving locations and 
on military installations. 
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and 
its values to more than 7.6 million young people in all 50 United States and 
four international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf 
Foundation and its Founding Partners are the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA 
of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee's 
Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former 
President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair. 
Ken Golden, Director, Global Public Relations, +1-309-765-5678 
SOURCE: Deere & Company 
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