Synthetic Turf Council Announces 2011 'Search for the Real Field of Dreams' Contest Call for Entries
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
ATLANTA, GA – Behind every synthetic turf field, park or installation,
there could be a sports team winning against the odds, kids improving their
fitness and self-esteem or a community hosting a local Special Olympics event.
The Synthetic Turf Council recognizes these powerful stories and more with its
annual Search for the Real Field of Dreams Contest. Starting today, the 2011
Search is now accepting nominations from the United States and Canada.
"More than 6,000 synthetic turf fields are open across North
America, along with numerous parks, playgrounds and public installations,” noted
Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. "Our Search for the Real
Field of Dreams Contest aims to show what can be accomplished when people are
willing to dream big.”
Established in 2009, the Search for the Real Field of Dreams
is open to schools (K-12 and college), parks, playgrounds, businesses and
municipalities in the United States and Canada. Interested students, coaches,
faculty, parents, parks and recreation managers, and local supporters can
easily nominate an installation. Submissions are due by June 15, 2011 and will
be evaluated by an independent panel of judges. A cash prize will be awarded to
the winning entry and other national finalists.
About the 2010 Winning Entries
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the
2010 national finalists shared amazing stories. Using synthetic turf to create
safe, barrier-free play zones, a community park serves over 17,000 children
with physical and cognitive challenges. Kids in economically-challenged urban
areas now have safe play spaces instead of rundown, concrete school yards. A
community came together to survive an F-5 Tornado with their new synthetic turf
field as a rallying point of local pride.
About the Synthetic Turf Council
Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council
(STC) was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end
users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in
sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential
applications. The STC is also a resource for current, credible, and independent
research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership
includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers,
manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers
and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.