SEAMAN BASEBALL STARTS TODAY ON SHAW SPORTS TURF

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(TOPEKA, Kansas) – One of Kansas’s premier high school baseball programs will be playing on an all new Shaw Sports Turf infield this year.

Seaman High School, the winners of seven state championship titles  and 13 regional championships since 2000, recently made the switch to Shaw’s TruHop system and will begin work for the season next week.

“I’ve been here for 22 years,” said Steve Bushnell, Head Baseball Coach.  “That’s 22 years of dragging hoses, push mowing, fertilizing, and more.  All those hours were counterproductive, so making the move to Shaw Sports Turf was a no-brainer.  It allows us to focus and spend more time practicing baseball.” [Read more…]

Shaw Sports Turf’s Joe Kacevich Makes an Impact

One of the great things about working for Shaw Sports Turf is the opportunity to be around sports programs and make a positive impact on communities throughout the country.  Most, if not all, Shaw Sports Turf associates take it a step farther and continue to impact communities and sports programs through their own individual efforts.  New England Territory Manager Joe Kacevich is a great example of that.  The story below appeared in the Saturday, February 28 edition of the Community Advocate in Massachusetts.  The story was written by Sue Wambolt.

Central Mass. Club Lacrosse and Holy Cross women’s lacrosse work to help stock a local food pantry. (l to r) Holy Cross lacrosse player Sophia Agostinelli, Joe Kacevich, Stephanie Ridolfi and Holy Cross player Maddie Ward.

Central Mass. Club Lacrosse and Holy Cross women’s lacrosse work to help stock a local food pantry. (l to r) Holy Cross lacrosse player Sophia Agostinelli, Joe Kacevich, Stephanie Ridolfi and Holy Cross player Maddie Ward.

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NORTH BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE TO OPEN ON SHAW SPORTS TURF

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(NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey) - North Brunswick Township High School is set to begin practice for its boy’s and girl’s lacrosse teams next week on the school’s new Shaw Sports Turf fields.

The school, which installed two new fields in September, has realized the ability to hold more events, and do so on a world-class playing surface. [Read more…]

NCAA BASEBALL TEAMS TO PLAY ON SHAW SPORTS TURF

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(EMERSON, Georgia) - Twenty college baseball teams trying to escape the winter weather will head south this weekend to play on the Shaw Sports Turf fields at the Perfect Game South complex at LakePoint Sporting Community.

College baseball starts early in the year and many teams lose valuable practice and game time due to the weather and due to the residual effects of weather such as snow melt. [Read more…]

SHAW SPORTS TURF CELEBRATES WITH THE CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION

Joe Maddon, Phil Barlow, Cal Ripken, Jr., Chuck McClurg, Dave Winfield, Matt Ross, and Todd Britton

Joe Maddon, Phil Barlow, Cal Ripken, Jr., Chuck McClurg, Dave Winfield, Matt Ross, and Todd Britton

(BALTIMORE, Maryland) - Shaw Sports Turf just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation by attending the foundation’s Aspire Gala in Baltimore.

This year’s event honored Dave Winfield, Joe Maddon, and Ambassador George Haley.  The event raised over $2.6 million in one evening.  Shaw Sports Turf was recognized as one of six Hall of Fame level sponsors of the event, along with Major League Baseball, Fields, Inc., The Pat & Jay Baker Foundation, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and The McNaughton Foundation.

Shaw was represented at the event by Phil Barlow, Chuck McClurg, Matt Ross, Ron Towle, and Todd Britton. [Read more…]

GEORGIA HIGHLANDS BASEBALL SET TO OPEN ON SHAW SPORTS TURF

 

(EMERSON, Georgia) - The Georgia Highlands College baseball team is set to open the 2015 season on its home turf this Saturday.

The school, which doesn’t have its own field, will play its 2015 home games at LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, Georgia.  The team will play twenty-nine home games on a synthetic turf field by Shaw Sports Turf.

“The advanced technology of Shaw Sports Turf allows us to play on a world-class field just 10 minutes down the road from campus,” Georgia Highlands Head Coach Mike Marra said.  “With this baseball facility, we will be able to confidently recruit top prospects and contend for championships in a first-rate environment.  For Charger fans, the LakePoint facility will provide a comfortable and convenient setting to enjoy the excitement of the game. This world class venue will also enable us to host top programs from all over the nation as well as NJCAA tournaments, bringing national prestige and recognition to our programs right here to Bartow County.”

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LA Galaxy Scrimmages at Georgetown, Coach Arena Compliments Shaw Sports Turf Field

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(WASHINGTON, DC) - Bruce Arena, the outspoken coach of the LA Galaxy and five-time MLS Cup winning coach, is sparing when it comes to praise and open with his criticism.  Arena has been openly critical in the media of the synthetic turf surfaces at four MLS venues.

This week, the LA Galaxy team traveled to Washington to meet with President Obama on the heels of their MLS Cup victory.  They also took the time while they were in town to take on Georgetown University in a closed scrimmage, which the Galaxy won 2-1.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Arena was asked is the synthetic turf playing surface was better or worse than the FIFA 2-Star surface in Seattle.

“Better,” said Arena.  “I don’t know why because the climate is more extreme here in D.C. with the heat and cold, snow.  I was impressed with Georgetown given it was below freezing; it could’ve been slippery, and it never was.”

Georgetown’s playing surface is a product of Shaw Sports Turf, an American-owned manufacturer based in Calhoun, Georgia.  The Shaw Sports Turf Momentum system mirrors the same look and feel as natural grass and is known for its durability and overall performance. With a 2.5-inch pile height and a two-inch infill that is a 50-50 mix of sand and rubber, the Momentum 51 system offers the best combination of firmness, speed and safety.  The same system is used on the practice and game fields of the Baltimore Ravens.

Amazingly, the field at Georgetown might be subjected to more play than any other synthetic turf field in the country.

“This field is in use from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. almost every day,” said Brian McGuire, Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations at Georgetown.  “We chose Shaw Sports Turf because we recognized the quality of the company and the products they provide.”

The field is used as a game and practice field by the football team, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse.  It also sees use from the men’s and women’s soccer team and from a variety of club sports teams and intramural sports such as softball, ultimate, and flag football.

“This field’s what we live on,” said Brian Wiese, head coach of the men’s soccer team.  “It handles all the traffic.  It handles all the usage brilliantly.  Most importantly, it drains really, really efficiently and it’s always available.”

CARSON-NEWMAN CHAMPIONSHIP COACHING CLINIC SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

 

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(JEFFERSON CITY, Tennessee) - Coach Ken Sparks of Carson-Newman University has announced the speakers for this year’s Championship Coaching Clinic.

The clinic, which will take place from March 6-8 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is presented by Shaw Sports Turf. [Read more…]

TIME LAPSE OF SHAW SPORTS TURF’S BANNER FIELD PROJECT AT LATROBE PARK

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…]