NFL Selects Winner Of Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program

The Toro Company recently announced that Stephen Sayrs, turf student at the University of Tennessee, is winner of the third annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In February 2005, Sayrs will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to help the grounds crew maintain practice facilities and the game field at Alltel Stadium for Super Bowl XXXIX.

The Toro Company and the NFL's Super Bowl grounds team collaborated to offer a program targeted at enhancing the skills of emerging sports turf professionals. The Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program will provide hands-on experience in how safe playing fields are established and maintained for the highest level of football competition, the Super Bowl.

Sayrs is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Plant Sciences with a concentration in turfgrass management at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. “Part of the research we are conducting at UT is to help K-12 schools and municipal fields select proper species of turfgrasses,” said Sayrs. “We are also working on the best cultural practices that will enhance the fields’ performance and ensure safe playing surfaces.”

Toro equipment and representatives have been involved in preparing the stadium and practice fields since the first Super Bowl in 1967.

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