This year marked several firsts for the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. It was the first time a female was selected for the once-in-a-lifetime internship. And it was the first time a program intern had the chance to mow practice fields for the big game. Toro and the National Football League established the program in 2003 to recognize one student who has shown exemplary skill in turfgrass management. Each year, one student is selected to assist the grounds crew in preparation for the Super Bowl.
When Iowa State University junior Georgeanna Heitshusen found out she had been chosen for the internship at Super Bowl 50, she says she was “bouncing off the walls with excitement. It was one of the greatest moments of my life.” Heitshusen, who is majoring in horticulture with an emphasis on turfgrass management, spent about a week working alongside NFL field director Ed Mangan, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.