Kudos to John Deere for its commitment to donate $1 million over five years to the First Tee. Deere says:
The $1 million donation will be used to enhance the experience of The First Tee participants in a variety of ways. Besides supporting The First Tee network, funds will be used to create and launch a golf maintenance career-oriented youth development program, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR. Local chapters of The First Tee will partner with the TOUR’s Tournament Player Courses (TPC) to provide the opportunity for high school-aged participants to learn about topics in agronomy and golf course maintenance careers. As a planned extension, participants will also have the chance to experience what it’s like to maintain a TPC golf course during a tournament week.
Interesting. The First Tee is a golf-based program that promotes core values through the game. This donation appears to take the program down a slightly different road to career development.
Press release follows: