Toro announces 2020 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program
Toro is pleased to announce the 19th annual Toro Super Bowl
Sports Turf Training Program. In January 2020, one lucky turfgrass science
student will travel to Miami Gardens, Florida, to help the grounds crew prepare
the field for the biggest game in football. With an extensive history of
supporting student scholarships and educational activities, Toro and the National
Football League are proud to offer this unique learning experience.
Toro equipment and representatives have been involved in
preparing the stadium and practice fields for the Super Bowl for over 50 years.
Starting with the inaugural World Championship in 1967, the NFL grounds crew
has relied on Toro for its expertise and equipment in preparing the game field
and multiple practice facilities. In 2002, the organizations partnered to
establish the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program.
Through the Sports Turf Training Program, Toro and the NFL’s
Super Bowl grounds team collaborate to offer a program aimed at enhancing the
skills of emerging sports turf professionals. This program provides hands-on
experience in establishing and maintaining one of the highest quality and
safest playing surfaces in the world. This year’s recipient will work alongside
NFL field director, Ed Mangan, George Toma, and the Super Bowl grounds crew at
Hard Rock Stadium on natural turf maintenance, logo painting, field preparation
for media day, halftime preparation and field cleanup. Beginning on January 25,
2020, the winner will be on hand at Hard Rock Stadium preparing the field
leading up to the game on February 2, 2020.
To be considered for the program, applicants must complete and submit an application form, as well as a 500-word typed essay, describing the applicant’s professional goals. A reference and résumé are also required.
Entries must be received by October 11, 2019. Applicants
must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turf program, or in
at least the junior year of a four-year turf program. The application must
include the contact information of a school advisor or representative, as well.
The winner will be notified no later than October 25, 2019. Applications can be completed online here. For additional information, potential applicants can learn more about the program by consulting with their school’s turf program.
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