The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) — charitable organization for the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide — announced yesterday it has named Jay Warnick, CSFM, and Director of Sports Maintenance at FIELDS Inc., as its 2016 chairman.

Formerly head sports field manager for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Warnick brings 20-plus years of sports turf industry experience to the SAFE Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he has maintained grounds for NCAA Division I athletic events, U.S. Soccer, concerts and other high-profile events.

SAFE’s mission is to enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes. At the 2016 STMA Conference & Exhibition, the organization raised more than $27,000.

“I look forward to advancing SAFE’s vision on ensuring athletes of all ages and abilities across America have a safe and playable surface to train or compete in their respective sport,” Warnick said. “I am excited to serve as an industry ambassador and work to educate the public on the significance of maintaining safe playing fields.”

Last year, SAFE launched a video outreach program aiming to increase awareness and educate parents, players, coaches and volunteers. The complimentary videos can be accessed below: