August 2017

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STMA IN ACTION www.spor 46 // August 2017 HODGSON: For people who haven't seen the fi lm yet, can you briefl y describe what it is about? KNIGHT: "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" is a portrait of Nicole Sherry McFadyen, Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. HODGSON: Can you tell us a little bit of why you decided to make this fi lm? KNIGHT: A few years ago, I was on a tour of Camden Yards when our guide mentioned Nicole and sang her praises. I was in- trigued, and introduced myself when we got down onto the fi eld. Nicole and I started emailing and the project grew from there. I've always been particularly interested in telling the stories of women in non-traditional roles. HODGSON: How do you think this fi lm could be useful to turf man- agement professionals, and aspiring turf management professionals? KNIGHT: The fi lm culminates in a rare, ten-minute, behind-the- scenes look at the inner workings of maintaining a Major League baseball fi eld. It is a real "Day in the Life" of the Orioles' grounds crew. Nicole and her staff provide a step-by-step insiders-only view of their daily tasks over one grueling 14-hour workday. When we premiered at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, a professor from SUNY Cobleskill approached me to say the fi lm would be an ideal tool for his classes, the likes of which was not available at the time. I believe it is an essential piece for anyone who is considering or preparing for a career in turf grass management. HODGSON: One of the key themes of this fi lm is that Nicole Sherry McFadyen is not just a groundskeeper, but one of the few women to hold the position of head groundskeeper in major league baseball. Why does that matter? KNIGHT: Nicole's story embodies the values of hard work, com- mitment and a positive attitude. She has transcended the stereotypes of what women are interested in, what they pursue, and how they proceed. Promoting affi rmative images of women in leadership po- sitions, especially in a typically male-dominated profession, instills self-esteem into girls. As Nicole says in the beginning of the picture, "We, as women, have to think outside the box. We're not just desig- nated to be doctors and lawyers, there are other things we can do." But the audience is not limited to young girls. Nicole's jour- ney offers a universal lesson told through a baseball story. More broadly, it inspires all young people to fi nd alternative ways to ex- press their talents and dreams. I was also pleased we were able to shoot a Bonus Feature to in- clude on the DVD entitled, "Extra Innings." We got to follow Nicole after getting married, having a baby and returning to the fi eld full time. In addition, by the time that coda was shot, Nicole had several young women on her crew and it was delightful to see them featured. HODGSON: What did you learn about turf management and women in the fi eld of turf management by making this fi lm? KNIGHT: Overall, I was blown away by how incredibly physically demanding the job is! The crew was exhausted at the end of each shooting day and all we had done was observe. The endless hours, relentless heat and physical strain require unimaginable stamina. But what a world it would be if everyone went to work loving it, and owning it, as Nicole does. Sarah Knight is a Manhattan-based fi lm and theatre director/ producer. Her narrative feature debut, "Vino Veritas," starring Emmy winner, Carrie Preston ("Claws," "The Good Wife"), can currently be seen on Amazon Prime and iTunes. Her documen- tary, "Hot Flash," about Saffi re-The Uppity Blues Women, was nominated for a Blues Music Award and was acquired by Shorts International. She has produced and directed numerous other short fi lms and won fellowships to the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Rot- terdam CineMart Producer's Lab, and the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access. Praise for "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend": "My job as an Outreach Educator is to deliver educational programming through- out New England that shows educators how to use baseball as a vehicle for education. When reaching out to students, many times I fi nd it extremely diffi cult to show how baseball relates to women. Your fi lm not only opens eyes, but avenues as well, in showing how women not only hold a place in baseball but stand shoul- der-to-shoulder with all of their colleagues."-Larry Moore, Educa- tional Consultant and Outreach Educator STMA appreciates commercial support M any of STMA's programs are enhanced through the support of its commercial members through advertising, dues and sponsorship. Their support allows the association to improve programs and services for our practitioner members. Commercial companies also are responsible for driving innovation in the industry. In return, STMA gives our commercial members access to the membership through our trade show, magazine and a myriad of other avenues of recognition. However, STMA never shares your email address, except one time per year in advance of the conference, and only with your permission. Another way STMA recognizes its commercial members is through the Annual Membership Directory. More and more members are se- lecting the "go green" option; thus, developing a printed directory does not make good business sense. STMA has a 24/7, online membership directory that is real-time and easy-to-use. We also have the online Industry Sourcebook that lists commercial companies. There are 100 new commercial companies or companies that renewed their membership after the deadline to be listed in the printed 2016-2017 Membership Directory. They are listed on the next page:

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