October 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 47 October 2017 // Refer a new member* — receive $100! C urrent STMA members who refer a qualifying, new STMA member* receive $100 per referral. This reimbursement may be used to defray your membership renewal, Conference registration, and certifi cation fees. Promote STMA membership to your chapter members and remember to remind them to list your name as the person who referred you. There is not a limit to the number of referrals you can make. Refer four people and your Annual Conference registration is paid! This program recognizes your efforts to support STMA through a strong and growing membership base. In 2018, sports turf managers will pay $130 in annual dues; the Sports Turf Manager Associate (who is also a voting member, but is the second member from the same facility) will pay $85 in annual dues. STMA will begin its renewal process in October for the 2018 membership year. Look for an electronic invoice soon. STMA's processes allow for you to pay your national dues, chapter dues, certifi cation fees, and conference registration together. *Not been an STMA national member since 2000. New student and affi liate memberships do not qualify for the free conference registration. However, all members are eligible to receive the $100 voucher for referring a qualifying, new member. Project EverGreen, Exmark, STMA, and SAFE team up again P roject EverGreen, in partnership with Exmark Manufacturing, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), and The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE), is once again sponsoring the "Our Winning Green Space" contest. The contest gives municipal parks and recreation and public works departments, and non-profi t agencies a chance to win a top-of-the-line Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower package, valued at approximately $15,000, and a "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." renovation project for their city. Last year's winner was In Memory of Community Garden and the Warrendale Community Organization in Detroit. These two non-profi t organizations, headed by Joe and Barb Matney, work with the City of Detroit to transform vacant city lots into community gardens and "pocket parks." "We feel very blessed to have won the Project EverGreen 'Our Winning Green Space' contest," says Barb Matney, In Memory co- founder. "The mowers have allowed us to maintain vacant lots and to create safer, more accessible and much-needed outdoor gathering spaces for neighborhood kids and their families to enjoy." Eligible parties can submit an essay and photos online declaring why their city deserves the new equipment and renovated playing fi eld, and how it will assist them in maintaining a healthier, safer area for kids to play. Submissions can be made at www.ProjectEverGreen. org from October 1 through December 15, 2017, and the winner will be announced in January 2018. "Project EverGreen is pleased to partner with Exmark and STMA on this opportunity to raise awareness of our "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." program and the importance of safe, grass playing fi elds and pocket parks for kids," says Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director. "The transformational value of healthy, green parks in neighborhoods cannot be underestimated." Launched in 2015, "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." has completed renovation projects covering more than 1.6 million sq. ft. of recreational and athletic green space, generating more than $1 million in in-kind donations, in East Harlem, NYC; Hazlet, NJ; Houston, San Antonio, Round Rock and Ft. Worth, TX; North Chicago, IL; Cleveland; Durham and Greensboro, NC; West End, WI; Ashland, OR; and Minneapolis. Jimmy Simpson, Certifi ed Sports Field Manager and STMA Board Member, also views HTHK as a way to educate the public on the importance of safe athletic fi elds. "Our partnership with HTHK helps parents, fi eld users and fans to understand that a well- maintained surface helps to protect athletes from injury. Exmark's generous mower package will greatly assist with essential ongoing maintenance to keep the surface safe." For more information and complete contest rules, visit www. From STMA's Historical Collection. This is an early artificial turf installer attachment, possibly one of the first rollers, designed by David Frey, Cleveland Stadium, and STMA's President from 1983-1985. Frey designed this for tarp rolling, but it gained acceptance in the artificial installation industry.

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