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Project EverGreen, Exmark and Sports Turf Managers Association Join Forces To Raise Profile of “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.”™ Initiative

Source: Sports Turf Managers Association

Municipalities Can Enter “Our Winning Green Space” Contest to Win a Top-of-the-Line Exmark Lazer Z-X Series Mower Package Valued at $15,000 and Athletic Field Renovation Project

Cleveland, Ohio (Sept. 13, 2016) — America’s parks and recreational green spaces need a pick me up, and Project EverGreen has its sights set on providing just that with its “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.”™ Initiative.

Project EverGreen, in partnership with Exmark Manufacturing, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) is sponsoring the “Our Winning Green Space” contest to give Parks & Recreation and Public Works departments a chance to win a top-of-the-line Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower package – valued at $15,000 - and a “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” renovation project for their city.

Municipalities can submit an essay and photos online declaring why their city deserves the new equipment and renovated playing field, and how it will assist them in maintaining a healthier, safer area for kids to play. Submissions can be made at www.ProjectEverGreen.org from September 12 through November 1, 2016, and the winner will be announced in early December.

“Project EverGreen is thrilled to partner with Exmark and STMA on this opportunity to raise awareness of our “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” program and the importance of safe, grass play fields for kids,” said Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director. “It’s also a fun opportunity for cities to share their story and compete for a field make-over.”

Since the program’s inception in 2015, “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” has renovated more than 607,000 sq. ft. of athletic and recreational greens spaces in Atlanta, Cleveland, Milwaukee; North Chicago, Ill.; Belle Plaine, Minn.; Greensboro and Durham, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Round Rock, Texas.  Additional projects are planned this year for Red Bank, New Jersey; Detroit; and Portland, Oregon.

Jimmy Simpson, Certified Sports Field Manager and STMA Board Member also views HTHK as a way to educate the public on the importance of safe athletic fields. “Our partnership with HTHK helps parents, field users and fans to understand that a well-maintained field helps to protect athletes from injury. Exmark’s generous mower package will greatly assist with essential ongoing maintenance to keep the field safe.”

For more information and complete contest rules, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org 

About Project EverGreen

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization committed to informing the public about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces in our communities where we live, work and play, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses, trees and parks. To learn more about Project EverGreen and to join us in our efforts to restore and repair green spaces in cities nationwide, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org.

About STMA

STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its’ more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. SAFE is the non-profit fundraising arm of the STMA.

About Exmark

Exmark Manufacturing was incorporated in May 1982 as an independent manufacturer of professional turf care equipment. Today, it is the leading manufacturer of commercial mowers and equipment for the landscape professional. In addition to designing, building and marketing quality turf care equipment, Exmark’s goal is total customer satisfaction. All Exmark products are designed to help customers increase productivity while delivering unmatched quality. Learn more at Exmark.com

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