Buffalo Grove, IL-Profile Products and its Turface AthleticsTM business unit recently announced the winners of several annual awards sponsored by the company and given by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Matt Noone of Babson College in Babson Park, MA was recognized with the ABCA Outstanding Field Maintenance Award. The award recognizes coaches that have outstanding maintenance programs in both infield and turf care. As a winner, Noone and Babson College will receive one ton of Turface® MVP®, courtesy of Hart Seed out of Wethersfield, CT, and $400 to be spent on maintenance equipment. Noone was also given a plaque at a ceremony during the annual ABCA show in Philadelphia, PA.
Bolivar High School in Bolivar, MO was also awarded the ABCA Outstanding Field Maintenance Award. The recipients include Rick Crites, head groundskeeper; and coaches Eric Briggs and Brian Wilcoxson. Bolivar will receive $400 to be spent on maintenance supplies and equipment, and will receive one ton of Turface MVP from Pennington Seed out of Greenfield, MO.
Jim Becker of Ubly High School in Ubly, MI was presented with a Field Maintenance Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to coaches in desperate need of upgrading their field to a safe, playable level. The school will receive three tons of Turface MVP from Turfgrass, Inc. out of South Lyon, MI for their field. They will also receive $250 per year for the next two years to be spent on maintaining their fields.
Each of the awards was given out as part of a formal ABCA awards ceremony, held at the annual conference in Philadelphia in January.
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to honor these recipients, all of whom are very deserving for the work that they do at their schools and in their communities,” said Joe Betulius, vice president of sales for Profile Products. “The ABCA is a great organization and we are proud to be affiliated with them and these awards.” Turface Athletics has a longstanding commitment to improving the safety and playability of athletic fields across the nation. Turface Athletics is the presenting sponsor of the Keep America PlayingTM Tour – an educational initiative designed to bring instruction to parents, coaches, groundskeepers, and parent volunteers on best practices in constructing and maintaining sports fields. Field education, tour information and upcoming events can be found at www.keepamericaplaying.com.