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FIRST announced John Deere is now a strategic partner that has significantly expanded its support of the organization over the last five years, and joins more than 20 companies in the top-tier level for sponsorship. John Deere’s support began for the 2011-12 season when it sponsored 45 teams in the U.S. and expanded its support of youth STEM education through its signature program, John Deere Inspire.
For the 2015-16 season, the John Deere Foundation sponsored 460 teams in four countries. In addition to financial support, the company also supplied 250 team mentors and hundreds more event volunteers, collectively pledging more than 15,000 hours of service.