The Leo Goertz Grant nominations are open

A grant established to honor longtime SAFE Board of Trustees member and STMA member Leo Goertz is ready for nominations. Leo passed away suddenly last year, and SAFE and STMA created this grant to recognize his commitment to the profession.

The Leo Goertz Membership Grant awards up to $1500 annually for new, two-year memberships in STMA. The eligibility criteria for Nominees includes:

  • must be a Sports Turf Manager or member of a crew managing sports fields
  • should be an active local chapter member or strong contributor within his or her local community
  • should not have been an STMA member for at least 5 years
  • has infrequently or never attended the National STMA Conference

STMA national or chapter members or a fellow employee can nominate an individual. The grant also allows for self-nomination. To apply, fill out this simple, one-page form no later than Oct. 15.

Leo served on the SAFE Board of Trustees from 2006 – 2011. After his board service, he stayed actively involved with SAFE through helping with its fundraising events. He joined STMA in 1988. Leo was awarded one of STMA’s highest honors in 2010, the Harry C. Gill Founders Award. This award was established to honor an individual for their hard work in the sports turf industry and to acknowledge their dedication to STMA. SAFE and STMA believe that Leo’s biggest contribution to the Foundation and to the association was in his ability to ‘give back’. Through this grant, we continue his legacy of ‘giving back’.

The grant is funded through The SAFE Foundation and is made possible by a generous gift from Pioneer Athletics for 10 years.