Display highlights The First Tee program and John Deere's passion for golf

  Display highlights The First Tee program and John Deere's passion for golf

PR Newswire

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 26, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectators at this week's
Valero Texas Open can learn more about The First Tee of Greater San Antonio
youth development program and John Deere's passion for golf by visiting a
tournament display sponsored by Deere.

Deere is a national corporate partner of 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.

"We look forward to sharing our story about our program's positive impact in
the lives of youth," said Mary Carriker, executive director of The First Tee
of Greater San Antonio. "Sponsors help us impart important life skills to
young people of the San Antonio area as well as expose them to careers in the
turf care industry."

John Deere's strong commitment to the game of golf is the overall theme of a
multimedia display that will premiere at the Valero Texas Open and then visit
seven other PGA TOUR events this year. Carriker notes that the display at the
Valero Texas Open will be near the 17^th green.

Besides The First Tee, the display showcases John Deere's commitment to golf,
which dates back to the 1930s when golf course superintendents began relying
on John Deere equipment for turf care and maintenance.

"John Deere is a part of golf's past, present, and future," said James M.
Field, president of Deere's Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division, noting
that the company currently is the official equipment supplier of the PGA TOUR;
the title sponsor of a PGA TOUR event, the John Deere Classic; and a sponsor
of professional golfer Zach Johnson.

In 2013, Deere announced a $1 million 5-year donation to The First Tee, which
includes support for The First Tee chapters such as San Antonio and the
creation of "Careers on Course" - a program introducing teens to careers in
golf course management and the science of agronomy.

The First Tee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization. Since
its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its
values to more than nine million young people in all 50 United States and four
international locations.

Later in the year, the John Deere display will visit the Shell Houston Open
(Mar. 31 – Apr. 6); the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas (May 12-18);
the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines (May 27-Jun. 1); the Deutsche Bank
Championship in Boston (Aug. 27 – Sep. 1); the TOUR Championship presented by
Coca Cola in Atlanta (September 11-14); the SAS Championship in Raleigh (Oct.
6-12) and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct. 30-Nov. 2).

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is committed to the success of customers whose work
is linked to the land, providing advanced products and services to cultivate,
harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's
dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. For
more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com.

SOURCE Deere & Company

Website: http://www.deere.com
Contact: Ken Golden, Director, Global Public Relations, 309-765-5678
 
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