AFC Wimbledon announces sponsorship deal with best selling author
AFC Wimbledon have announced an unusual sponsorship deal with New York Times best-selling author John Green.
Green, who is a fan of English football, has great admiration for what has been achieved at AFC Wimbledon and has agreed to become a sponsor of the club.
John Green said: "AFC Wimbledon is a truly extraordinary football club. Basically they're the best football team in the world and I want to help them stay in the Football League".
AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director Ivor Heller: "This has been one of the most exciting and unique sponsorship deals that I have been involved with. John's knowledge of the club is astounding and goes to show what a global reach AFC Wimbledon has. We look forward to working with John on many projects in the future".
Green writes primarily for teens and has four best-selling novels under his belt, along with another two he co-wrote with other authors. His most recent book, The Fault in Our Stars, is a number 1 New York Times Bestseller, Time Magazine's best novel of 2012 and the winner of Richard and Judy's 2013 Spring Book Club. A film adaptation was shot earlier this year and is now in production, for a June 2014 release.
John Green and his brother Hank started a YouTube channel in 2007 called vlogbrothers as a way of communicating with each other from different sides of the USA. The videos became more and more popular and the channel now has over 1.6 million subscribers and 400 million total video views. Green alone has over 1.8 million followers on his main Twitter account, @realjohngreen.
After seeing a videogame while stuck in the airport which John believed to be called nerdfighters, he blogged about the notion of people fighting for the stereotypical 'nerd' and generated a following of people calling themselves Nerdfighters.
Nerdfighters are one of the largest groups on the microfinance site kiva.org, and have now lent more than £2 million to mostly female entrepreneurs in the developing world. Other charity projects include funding the construction of a pond sand filter in a village in southern Bangladesh, sending a cargo plane full of supplies to Haiti to aid rebuilding efforts after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and the annual 48-hour charity drive, the Project for Awesome.