BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Toro Company is pleased to announce the 13th annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In February 2015, one lucky student will travel to Glendale, Arizona, to help the grounds crew prepare the field for one of the biggest games in football. With an extensive history of supporting student scholarships and educational activities, Toro is 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 almost 50 years. Starting with the inaugural World Championship in 1967, the NFL grounds crew has relied on Toro for its expertise 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.

This year’s recipient will work alongside NFL field director, Ed Mangan, George Toma, and the Super Bowl grounds crew at The University of Phoenix Stadium on turf maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day and halftime preparation and field clean-up. Beginning on Jan. 24, 2015, the winner will be on hand at the University of Phoenix Stadium preparing the field leading up to the game on Feb. 1, 2015.

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

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 24, 2014. 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 signature of a school advisor or representative, as well. The winner will be announced on Nov. 21, 2014. Applications can be completed online here.

Any questions or comments can be directed to dale.getz@toro.com.
 
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