Sports Field Management Association Announces 'Stars and Stripes' Contest Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 8th, 2022
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Field Management Association (SFMA) – the non-profit, professional association for the 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – announces the students of the Atlee High School Turf Science Program in Mechanicsville, Virginia have won the association’s sixth annual "Stars and Stripes" contest.
The competition allows SFMA members to craft and submit Fourth of July-themed field designs with mowing equipment or paint for eligibility to win a complimentary registration to the 2023 SFMA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, a poster of the winning field will be displayed at the conference. Entries were submitted on Facebook through July 12th and the public had the opportunity to vote and ultimately name the winning design.
Atlee High School’s homecoming design was submitted by Marc Moran and depicted the school’s name in a brilliant red, white and blue theme on its football field. Moran has run the Turf Science Program at Atlee High School since 2001 and under his supervision, it also won the SFMA High School/Parks Softball Field of the Year Award in 2009.
Second place went to Timothy Siegel with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers for the "Red, White and Subtle" submission, while Ben Hartman and the Wichita Wind Surge’s "Riverfront Flyover" took third place.
“The Stars and Stripes contest always receives so many creative and fun entries and has become a great summer tradition,” says James Bergdoll, CSFM, President of SFMA. “It’s wonderful to see the hard work of the students at Atlee High School payoff with some bragging rights and great that these young people have been exposed to our industry in such a positive way.”
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SFMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,700 members across 32 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.