Under Armour, the Baltimore-based sports apparel giant, donated the all new Banner Field at Latrobe Park back in August 2014.  The field was donated through the company’s WIN Baltimore Initiative to give youth greater access to sports

The 94,801-square-foot field includes a scoreboard, surrounding walk/run path, lighting, tiered seating and parking. The field was built with the help of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, FIELDS Inc., Lewis Contractors and Sparks at Play.  The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and FIELDS, Inc. are partners of Shaw Sports Turf. [Read more…]


Legion SpikeZone.....The Beast Unleashed

Legion SpikeZone…..The Beast Unleashed

(CALHOUN, Georgia) - Shaw Sports Turf has announced a new product innovation, called Legion Spike Zone.  The synthetic turf system features a patented manufacturing process which runs three distinct fiber types through one needle as the field is being tufted.

Legion Spike Zone, referred to as a hybrid product, features a combination of monofilament fibers, slit film fibers, and a Spike Zone thatch layer.  Shaw’s HP+ monofilament fiber is made with a high quality resin that has a thick, diamond cross-section (no spines) to prevent premature wear such as fraying and splitting.  In fact, it has not had a fiber failure to date.  It excels in performance characteristics (ball roll and ball rebound) and is known for aesthetics, mirroring that of natural grass.  The slit film fiber is a high performance resin that results in superior durability.   It helps balance out performance with a fiber that is going to stand the test of time. [Read more…]



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(COOPERSTOWN, New York) - The man who helped develop Shaw Sports Turf’s TruHop baseball system was named, today, to 2015 class of players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

John Smoltz, who was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 21 seasons, is best remembered as part of the Atlanta Braves pitching triumvirate which also included Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

Smoltz won 215 games in his storied career, was an eight-time All-Star, won the NL Cy Young award in 1996, and helped guide the Braves to a World Series championship in 2005.

Smoltz underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2000 season and missed the entire year.  Upon returning, he moved to the bullpen and became an effective closer, setting what was the National League saves record (55) in 2002.  As a result of his 2002 performance, Smoltz became only the second pitcher in history to have had a 20-win season and a 50-save season.

Smoltz is the only pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to have over 200 wins and 150 saves.  In 2008, Smoltz became the 16th member of baseball’s elusive 3,000 strikeout club.

Smoltz worked closely with Shaw Sorts Turf’s Research & Development team to design a baseball system that provided the closest thing to natural grass.  Its revolutionary design mirrors the real thing in terms of playability and performance, yet provides durability that natural grass just can’t rival.  Also, the system can be engineered with various pile heights and infill ratios to fit each performance area of the field.

“Through the combination of player feedback and new technology, Shaw Sports Turf has designed a product that simulates the performance of natural grass,” said Smoltz.  “You get a true ball bounce and ball roll that the player can trust.  Best of all, it’s incredibly durable and you can get more play time.  I’ve seen it firsthand and I believe this will take baseball to the next level.”

More and more teams are making the move to the Smoltz-designed TruHop system.  In the past eight months, hundreds of players and coaches have been exposed to TruHop fields at LakePoint Sporting Community, the world’s largest tournament sports destination.

When the first four TruHop fields opened on June 5, 2015, the complex hosted 55 consecutive days of tournament play.  The four TruHop fields hosted 1,380 games during that period.  Players raved that it was the best surface they had ever played on and, even after that many games, still looked like new.

“We are proud of our relationship with John Smoltz and the product innovation that resulted from that relationship,” said Phil Barlow, Vice President of Specialty Markets for Shaw Industries.  “We are also very proud and excited for John and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  It couldn’t happen to a more deserving player.”

The 2015 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted on Sunday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. in Cooperstown, N.Y.  In addition to Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Craig Biggio were elected with this year’s class.


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(ASHLAND, Oregon) - The Southern Oregon Raiders, a team which installed a new Shaw Sports Turf field this year, just reached the pinnacle of the NAIA by winning the championship game.

Prior to this season, the team had never advanced past the quarterfinals, but won the title this year by defeating the Marian Knights 55-31 in the championship game, played in Daytona Beach, Florida. [Read more…]


Clay-Chalkville celebrates state title on the field at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium

Clay-Chalkville celebrates state title on the field at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium

(CLAY, Alabama) - Clay-Chalkville High School in Alabama installed a new Shaw Sports Turf field to kick off the season and recently capped off an undefeated season with the Alabama 6A state championship.

The Cougars batted away a pass with 20 seconds left to preserve the 36-31 victory over Saraland.

Throughout the season, the Cougars won nearly all of their games in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents by an average of 27 points per game.  In the first round of the playoffs on Clay-Chalkville’s new field, they beat Scottsboro by a basketball-like score of 85-50. [Read more…]


Shaw Sports Turf's Jim Watts and Mt. Paran Christian School's Mitch Jordan

Shaw Sports Turf’s Jim Watts and Mt. Paran Christian School’s Mitch Jordan

(KENNESAW, Georgia) – Of the seven Georgia high school football teams which won GHSA state championships in the Georgia Dome this past weekend, none was more dominant than the Mt. Paran Eagles.

The Eagles (14-0), manhandled a very good Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy team 49-7.  Mount Paran scored on their second play from scrimmage.  Eagle’s Landing got off to a rocky start, fumbling their first play from scrimmage, and it never got any better.  Mt. Paran held a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and was up 42-7 at the half. [Read more…]





(MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut) - Last week, Wesleyan University dedicated its Shaw Sports Turf field in honor of the Citrin Family.  Read about the dedication by following the link below.


By:  Todd Britton



(GREENSBORO, North Carolina) - Kids at the Greensboro, North Carolina Boys and Girls Club will now be able to play on a field made by Shaw Sports Turf, thanks to the Kevin Harvick Foundation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

The Youth Development Park is being funded by foundation started by NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and his wife DeLana. The field, which will open in 2015, will be the 40th such park built by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The charity is on a mission to construct 50 such fields by the end of 2015.

The park will be located in an underserved community and the synthetic turf field, manufactured by Shaw Sports Turf, will be used for soccer, baseball, flag football, and lacrosse.

The Kevin Harvick Foundation and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation are teaming up to provide the Greensboro Boys & Girls Club with a “field of dreams” for generations to come.

The Kevin Harvick Foundation, established in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, is funding the construction of the Kevin Harvick Youth Development Park in Greensboro, N.C. The multi-purpose sports complex, scheduled to open in 2015, marks the 40th facility built by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for use by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. The park, to be located in an underserved community, features a synthetic-surface, outdoor field suitable for soccer, baseball, flag football and lacrosse.

“The Kevin Harvick Foundation is honored to help further the legacy of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in our own backyard in Greensboro,” Kevin Harvick said. “Years ago, DeLana and I made helping underprivileged children a priority, and the Ripken family is of the same mindset. Whether in the NASCAR or baseball community, much of what we do revolves around our passion for children. I can’t thank Mark Butler (Chairman of the Board of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and President and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet) enough for introducing Cal Jr. and me. Ours has been a great partnership in a number of ways, and this is only the beginning.”

“I am thrilled that Kevin (Harvick) has decided to join our board of directors and get so involved with the foundation,” Cal Ripken, Jr. said. “His commitment to children and to his community is fantastic, and I am excited to work with him in the years ahead. Kevin is not only a tremendous athlete, but he uses the platform that racing has provided him to give back in a real and significant way.”

The two charitable organizations are not only building a field, they will work closely with the Boys and Girls Club on health and safety initiative for the kids, as well as programs which foster discipline, self-respect, and achievement in school, athletics, and life.

Shaw Sports Turf of Dalton, Georgia, manufactures the fields for the Youth Development Parks initiative. The goal of the Youth Development Park initiative is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf that will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. Upon completion of the project, the parks are gifted to a trusted youth-serving organization or local municipality so the children have access, ownership, and pride for their park.

“The Ripken name is associated with excellence, and Shaw Sports Turf is a world-class manufacturer with those same values,” said Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “Working together, we will be able to provide top-quality, safe environments for at-risk youth and communities in-need throughout the country.”

“We use baseball as a hook to get in front of kids and help build character and teach critical life lessons,” said Ripken, Jr. “Allowing kids to play on world-class fields like those made by Shaw Sports Turf just makes it easier to accomplish that mission.”

About Shaw Sports Turf
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,500 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit www.shawsportsturf.com, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

About The Kevin Harvick Foundation
Established in 2010 by Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) is to support programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The Foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University-Bakersfield and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a camper cabin at Victory Junction Gang Camp and Boys & Girls Clubs.

About The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch, Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America’s most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life’s critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. The Foundation is also designing and building Youth Development Parks, multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields in underserved communities to give kids a clean and safe place to play and learn. The Ripken Foundation has impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park and Badges for Baseball programming.

By:  Todd Britton