Toro’s 15th annual Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program will once again send a turfgrass science student to the Super Bowl to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest game in football.

Beginning on Jan. 28, 2017, the winner of Toro’s Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program will be on hand at NRG Stadium in Houston, preparing the field leading up to kickoff of Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5.

In 2002, Toro and the NFL partnered to establish the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. Through the Sports Turf Training Program, Toro and the NFL’s Super Bowl grounds team collaborate to offer a program aimed at enhancing the skills of emerging sports turf professionals. This program provides hands-on experience in establishing and maintaining some of the best playing surfaces in the world. This year’s recipient will work alongside NFL field director, Ed Mangan, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at NRG Stadium on turf maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime prepand field clean-up.

To be considered for the program, applicants must complete and submit an application form, as well as a 500-word typed essay, describing the applicant’s professional goals. A reference and résumé are also required. Entries must be received by Oct., 21. Applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turf program, or in at least the junior year of a four-year turf program. The application must include the contact information of a school advisor or representative, as well.

The winner will be notified no later than Nov. 4. Applications can be completed online here.

For questions or comments, please contact dale.getz@toro.com.