STC Names Real Field of Dreams Winners

The Synthetic Turf Council has announced the results for the 2012 Search for the Real Field of Dreams national contest. The Cotting School in Lexington, Mass., and The City of Refuge in Atlanta, Ga., were the grand prize winners. Both organizations have compelling stories that provide local youth and children with opportunities to play outside, enjoy sports and build self-esteem.

The annual contest recognizes synthetic turf athletic fields, parks and playgrounds in the United States and Canada that have made an exceptional impact within their local communities. Their inspirational stories showcase how perseverance can make dreams come true.

For The Cotting School in Massachusetts, students with disabilities never had the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities. The lack of an accessible outdoor field presented problems for many of the students, particularly those who use wheelchairs and walkers. With the new synthetic turf field, the children now have the opportunity to play with their peers.

In Atlanta, The City of Refuge has offered both lifesaving resources and life-building tools to individuals and families who have encountered difficult circumstances. In an area of Atlanta where it is virtually impossible to play outside in a safe and secure environment, the two synthetic turf play fields have provided the children a safe haven to stay active and to just be a kid.

Other winners in the Real Field of Dreams contest include “Top Winners” Piqua High School in Piqua, Ohio, and Athenia Steel Recreation Complex in Clifton, N.J. Winners in the “National Finalist” category included Hermleigh High School in Hermleigh, Texas, and Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding in North Canton, Ohio.

Stevenson Named Best in Triple-A, Again

Indianapolis Indians Head Groundskeeper Joey Stevenson has been named the Triple-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year for the second year in a row. Stevenson was also named International League Sports Turf Manager of the Year for the second straight year in early September.

“It’s very much an honor to win this award two consecutive years,” said Stevenson. “This is an award as a Sports Turf Manager you want to win because it’s voted on by the coaches who actually visit the field and base their vote on field conditions and overall appearance of the entire grounds and crew. With overcoming the Super Bowl events and improving on our field from the previous year, this award just shows the dedication the Indians organization has on the quality of our playing surface.”

Stevenson, a Purdue University graduate, joins current Philadelphia Phillies Groundskeeper Mike Boekholder as the Indians only two-time winners of the International League Sports Turf Manager of the Year; Boekholder took home the award in four consecutive seasons for the Tribe from 1999 to 2002.

“Joey Stevenson provided a tremendous example of how challenges can be overcome when they are approached in an assertive style with good communication,” stated Indians Vice-President and General Manager Cal Burleson. “Joey handled the on-field aspect of our Super Bowl experience in a positive and thoughtful way. He directed the installation of new sod for the infield last fall and then installed new outfield sod in March. Our field played extremely well all summer, holding up in excellent fashion despite last year’s heat wave. Joey is most deserving of this award, which recognizes him as the top groundskeeper in all of Triple-A Baseball.”

Irrigation Scheduling? There’s an App for That.

Hunter Industries has developed and launched a new web application called the Hunter Run Time Calculator (runtime.hunterindustries.com). The interactive tool is free, and aims to help homeowners and professionals easily program Hunter controllers to produce efficient schedules.

According to Phil Robisch, Hunter’s product technical resource manager, “Calculating an irrigation schedule is a difficult task because of the many variables involved. This calculator aims to demystify the process and give users a starting point for how to take care of their landscape while using the correct amount of water.”

Using the calculator is designed to be an easy process. Within minutes a user can set up an account, enter a few details about their landscape, and have a Run Time Schedule generated that accounts for local watering restrictions. The user can view, print and email the schedule anytime. There is also a one-click door card conversion and a QR code that can be adhered to a controller for future reference. Supporting documents and videos are also provided for actual controller programming.

The application also includes features for professionals, such as the ability to name and set up multiple controllers, and an option for programming obsolete or non-Hunter controllers. Professionals can also duplicate any schedule with the click of a button.

FMC Donates to Sandy Relief

FMC Corporation announced a disaster relief donation of $75,000 to the American Red Cross to support ongoing efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. FMC has operations in the heavily impacted mid-Atlantic region including the company’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, global research center in Ewing, N.J., an FMC BioPolymer plant in Newark, Del., and an FMC BioPolymer distribution center in Harrisburg, Pa. “It is heart wrenching to see the destruction caused by this hurricane,” said Pierre Brondeau, FMC president, CEO and chairman. “One of FMC’s missions is to provide the conveniences of life. Supporting the American Red Cross will help ensure that people displaced by this storm can continue to have shelter in the days to come.”

To make a donation to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief, please visit www.redcross.org/sandy.

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