PULASKI ACADEMY’S COACH WHO NEVER PUNTS WILL GO FOR IT ON SHAW SPORTS TURF

Pulaski Academy's Kevin Kelley

Pulaski Academy’s Kevin Kelley

(LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas) - Pulaski Academy is installing a new Shaw Sports Turf field featuring the Legion system.

The private school, which has garnered increasing attention for its football coach, Kevin Kelley, who never punts and always onside kicks, will have the new field ready in time for the upcoming season.  Pulaski Academy, founded in 1971, has approximately 1,400 students. [Read more...]

CLAY-CHALKVILLE HIGH SCHOOL INSTALLS NEW SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD

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(CLAY, Alabama) - Clay-Chalkville High School is installing a new synthetic turf playing field from Shaw Sports Turf.

The school, which previously played on grass, will have the new field completed in time for the fall sports season.  The installation of the synthetic turf is a joint venture and partnership between the Jefferson County Board of Education and the City of Clay.

“This is a community-wide project,” said Dr. Rafael McDaniel, Director of New Construction for the Jefferson County School System.  “The field project offers multi-dimensional benefits.  It is a way to bring the schools and community together, it provides an additional resource for our students and the community.  Overall, it will prove to be an extremely valuable asset.” [Read more...]

LUFKIN HIGH SCHOOL INSTALLS FIRST SHAW SPORTS TURF BOLT SYSTEM IN TEXAS

 

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(LUFKIN, Texas) - The Lufkin High School Panthers will be working for victories on a newly installed Shaw Sports Turf field this season.

The new playing surface was installed after their old synthetic turf field became virtually unplayable.

“The condition of the field had gotten progressively worse,” said Todd Quick, Athletic Director. “The field was compacted and hard. Gmax (head impact measurement) was very high. Our players were getting turf burns and even cuts from the pea gravel infill system. The main issue was safety.” [Read more...]

Neal Freeman on LakePoint and Shaw Sports Turf

(EMERSON, Georgia) - LakePoint Sporting Community is on track to become the world’s premier sports tournament destination, featuring synthetic turf fields by Shaw Sports Turf. Check out this video of founder and Co-CEO Neal Freeman on the complex and what the Shaw Sports Turf fields mean. The field Neal is standing on is one of the TruHop baseball fields utilized by Perfect Game USA. You can also get more info on this amazing facility at www.lakepointsports.com.

Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Cox on LakePoint and Shaw Sports Turf

LakePoint Sporting Community is conveniently located off Interstate 75 in Emerson, Georgia—just 30 minutes north of Atlanta. LakePoint is on track to be one of the world’s largest and most unique destinations for travel sports. With more than 1,300 acres nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and adjacent to beautiful Lake Allatoona, LakePoint will feature state-of-the-art sports venues and five million square feet of amenities including onsite hotels, restaurants, themed retail, bowling, ziplines, water parks and much, much more.

The first four baseball fields for Perfect Game USA are complete and have already hosted hundreds of games in the past few weeks.  The Twitterverse and other social media outlets are alive with comments about the world-class playing fields provided by Shaw Sports Turf.

One of LakePoint’s partners is baseball hall-of-famer and former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox.  Check out this short video to see what Cox thinks about LakePoint and the new Shaw Sports Turf fields.

 

THE ELLIS SCHOOL INSTALLING SHAW SPORTS TURF ON FIRST REGULATION-SIZED PLAYING FIELD

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(PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania) – After 98 years, The Ellis School is getting its first regulation-sized athletic field.

The prestigious, all-girls school is currently installing a new Shaw Sports Turf playing surface to accommodate field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer. The school’s old field, at 250 feet x 125 feet (or 31,000 sf), was much smaller than a normal playing surface and teams were forced to rent playing space from the city and from other schools. The new field will be 330 feet x 220 feet (or 72,600 sf). [Read more...]

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY RENEWS RELATIONSHIP WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF FOR HOMEWOOD FIELD

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(BALTIMORE, Maryland) - Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field, long known as “The Yankee Stadium of Lacrosse”, is getting a new Shaw Sports Turf field.

Two weeks ago, crews began removing the old turf surface to make way for a new Shaw Sports Turf Momentum 51 playing surface.  Homewood Field previously featured a Momentum 51 surface, which was installed in 2005. [Read more...]

WHITING MUNICIPAL SPORTS COMPLEX GETS SHAW SPORTS TURF FOR TEE BALL

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(WHITING, Indiana) – Tee ballers in Whiting will now feel like big leaguers as they take to their new Shaw Sports Turf field at the Whiting Municipal Sports Complex.

“The addition of the Shaw Sports Turf field has certainly added a level of pizzazz to a field that did not previously get a lot of attention,” said Mayor Joe Stahura. “It also adds a level of professionalism. Since the field has been in, it’s added a great deal of excitement and participation in our tee ball games.” [Read more...]

CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF

Baseball Hall-of-Famers Eddie Murray (l) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (r) with Shaw Sports Turf’s Jason Kyzer, Krista Willey, Phil Barlow, and Chuck McClurg

Baseball Hall-of-Famers Eddie Murray (l) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (r) with Shaw Sports Turf’s Jason Kyzer, Krista Willey, Phil Barlow, and Chuck McClurg

Baltimore, Md. – The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) today announced a partnership with Shaw Sports Turf, naming the Calhoun, Georgia manufacturer, as the exclusive provider of synthetic turf for its Youth Development Parks initiative. The partnership officially commenced at the annual Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Aspire Gala, which raised $2.3 million in one night for Ripken Foundation programs.

“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.”

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.

“We use baseball as a hook to get in front of kids and help build character and teach critical life lessons,” said Cal 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.”

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation continues to have a presence at each of the completed parks, where they create and implement character education programming and clinics, including Badges for Baseball, a multi-faceted mentoring program that partners with local law enforcement as coaches and mentors to at-risk youth.

“We are honored to partner with such a worthwhile charitable organization and people who truly care about the kids they serve,” said Phil Barlow, vice president of Shaw Sports Turf.  “We are looking forward to seeing the impact that our Shaw Sports Turf fields will have throughout the country because of the Ripken Foundation’s efforts.”

The Youth Development Parks initiative, which Shaw Sports Turf will be a part of, has completed 18 parks in 10 states, with an additional 23 fields in development and fundraising phases throughout the country. The goal of the foundation is to complete 50 parks by 2015.

 

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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 initiative and Badges for Baseball programming.

 

About Shaw Sports Turf
Shaw Sports Turf is a part of Shaw Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.  Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets, supplying 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 the Baltimore Ravens, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Furman University, and the University of Arkansas. Visit www.shawsportsturf.com for more information.

 

By: Todd Britton