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Toro announces 2020 Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

September 18, 2019
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Toro announced the 19th annual Toro Super Bowl* Sports Turf Training Program. In Jan. 2020, one lucky turfgrass science student will travel to Miami Gardens, Fla., 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 (NFL) 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.Beginning on Jan. 25, 2020, the winner will be on hand at Hard Rock Stadium preparing the field leading up to the game on Feb. 2, 2020. 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 clean-up.

To be considered for the program, applicants must submit an application form and complete a 500-word typed essay, describing the applicant’s professional goals. A reference and resume are also required.

Entries must be received by Oct. 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 adviser or representative.

The winner will be notified no later than Oct. 25, 2019. Applications can be completed online here.

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