The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields Names Jay Warnick 2016 Chairman
Philanthropic Arm of Sports Turf Managers Association
The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone, or SAFE, the charitable organization for the Sports Turf Managers Association, has announced that Jay Warnick, certified sports field manager and director of sports maintenance at FIELDS Inc., will be the chairman for 2016.
Formerly head sports field manager for the Kansas City Chiefs, Warnick brings 20-plus years of sports turf industry experience to the SAFE Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he has maintained grounds for NCAA Division I athletic events, U.S. soccer, concerts and other high-profile events.
SAFE's mission is to enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes. At the 2016 STMA Conference & Exhibition, the organization raised more than $27,000.
"I look forward to advancing SAFE's vision on ensuring athletes of all ages and abilities across America have a safe and playable surface to train or compete in their respective sport," says Warnick. "I am excited to serve as an industry ambassador and work to educate the public on the significance of maintaining safe playing fields."