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STA seeks nominations for sports turf manager of the year


March 4, 2013
By Mike Jiggens

Nominations are being sought from across the country for individuals
who exemplify vision and leadership in the sports turf industry as part
of a new professional award program from the Sports Turf Association,
launched with the cooperation and sponsorship of the Guelph Turfgrass
Institute and the GTI Solutions Group.

The Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award was introduced at the recent Ontario Turfgrass Symposium and is intended to recognize a sports turf manager for his or her professional ability and contribution, and show appreciation for their proactive and progressive efforts within the profession and the industry.

"Recognizing a 'Manager of the Year' is the next evolutionary step of the Sports Turf Association to support and recognize the professionalism of its growing national membership," said Paul Gillen, STA President.

The award may be presented annually to an STA member who has displayed outstanding performance in one of many key categories including community outreach, environmental stewardship, professional development, health and safety, sports turf management techniques, project management, promotion of the profession, stewardship of interns or students, and workplace improvements or innovations.

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"The 'Manager of the Year' linkage between STA and GTI is a very logical one," suggested Rob Witherspoon, Director, GTI. "With our continuing education programs, sports turf focused research, and outreach through the GTI Solutions Group we are most pleased to forge this new partnership with STA."

John Bladon, project coordinator with the GTI Solutions Group, echoed Witherspoon's comments and said, "the time has come for STA members to be recognized on a national stage for their professional achievements in the field."

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1 with announcement of the first Sports Turf Manager of the Year in early 2014. Additional information is available at http://www.sportsturfassociation.com.