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Sports Venues Can Participate in Special Fourth of July Event

22 Jun, 2017


Sports Turf Managers Association Kicks Off Second Annual 'Stars and Stripes' Contest

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,600 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – kicked off its second annual "Stars and Stripes" contest.

Members craft unique Fourth of July-theme field designs with mowing equipment for eligibility to win complimentary registration to the 2018 STMA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Entries are submitted via Facebook before July 9 and the winner announced on July 19.

"Sports turf managers consistently produce visually appealing, safe and overall high-quality playing surfaces year-round," says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. "The contest provides fun and creative opportunities to showcase patriotism with stunning field art on a national stage."

Last year's winner was Casey Griffin, former Director of Field Operations for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. His design was in the shape of a fan at Isotopes Park and generated nearly 500 Facebook "likes." Griffin’s credits include the 2013 “STMA Field of the Year” award for professional baseball and 2014 “Pacific Coast League Sports Turf Manager of the Year."

"Freedom on the 50 Yard Line," "Merica" and "God Bless the USA" were among the 2016 designs submitted by turf professionals from major sports leagues, NCAA, and parks and recreation sectors.

Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winner will not be considered.

For more information: stma.org, twitter.com/fieldexperts, 800.323.3875.

About STMA: STMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,600 members across 34 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.

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