Sportsfield managers have a direct impact on youth when it comes to health. You’re more than just a sports field manager, you’re a life developer, and your actions have important consequences.

Studies have shown that children who exercise and play outdoors regularly are more confident, do better in school and develop healthier lifestyle habits. Additionally, communities with healthy green spaces instill pride in its residents.

Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” is a nationwide initiative to renovate and revitalize parks and athletic fields in urban communities to ensure children have access to safe green spaces on which to play and exercise. Yards, parks and athletic fields not only promote a healthier lifestyle, but contribute to economic growth, community development and benefit the environment.

“Investing in the renovation and revitalization of recreational and athletic green spaces is an investment in a healthier future for children across the country,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project Evergreen.  “Our goal is to make sure that safe, modern green space is available so children can make exercise, athletics and recreation a part of their daily lives.

In recognition of “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids,” Project EverGreen designated May 17-23, 2015 as National “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” Awareness Week. The week raised awareness of the program and spotlighted its efforts to provide safe recreational and playing fields for America’s children.