Commercial companies that are exhibiting at the 2017 conference are eligible to submit for an Innovative Award. One or more awards may be given to companies that provide a new product, service or piece of equipment that substantially enhances the effectiveness of the sports turf manager and/or make the surfaces safer and more playable for athletes. To fill out the on-line application, click here. Awards are judged by an Innovative Awards Judging panel made up of practitioner and academic members (no commercial members) and winners announced during the first day of the STMA trade show on Thurs., Jan. 26. Winners receive recognition, a plaque and the opportunity to use the innovative award logo.