The SAFE Foundation

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SAFE’s Mission

To enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes.

SAFE Produces Safety Videos

The SAFE Foundation has produced three educational videos about field safety. Sports and Recreation Fields - Safety First is an educational outreach program directed to parents, volunteers, coaches - anyone who comes in contact with athletic fields or oversees outdoor sporting events.

To download; (mp4 format)
Baseball and Softball Field Inspection
Natural Grass Field Safety

Synthetic Field Safety
Sports Facility & Equipment Safety

Also available are our Safety Checklists:
Sports Field Safety Football/Soccer Safety and Maintenance Checklist 
Baseball/Softball Safety and Maintenance Checklist 

SAFE Foundation Launches Grassroots Campaign

The SAFE Foundation, STMA’s 501(c)3 charity, has broadened its direction to include external outreach and community education. In support of this growth, SAFE has developed a Grass Roots Fundraising Initiative specifically directed to STMA members. 

Click here to download a brochure and learn more about the new campaign and how you can help SAFE for less than $20 per year. 

To download the individual pledge card, click here.  The corporate pledge card can be found here.

The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE)

The SAFE Foundation was established in 2000 to fund research, educational programs and scholarships geared to the sports field profession. SAFE is the charitable organization of the nation’s only association for the sports field management industry – the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). SAFE generates funding for these programs through member and industry donations, grants, an annual golf tournament, auctions and raffles. SAFE recently shifted its focus to educational outreach and is in the process of developing fundraising strategies and expanding its Board of Directors t help it achieve its new mission and vision.

SAFE’s Vision:

• Contribute to the growth and enjoyment of sports

• Add to the safety and performance of athletes

• Enrich community health and interaction

• Contribute to the sustainability of communities’ green space

SAFE continues to fund scholarships and the student challenge as well as its new efforts in educational outreach. Since 2003, it has funded $112,250 in pure scholarship and grant dollars representing 101 recipients during this time. SAFE also has provided more than $50,000 in travel assistance to this group. SAFE awards $8,000 annually to the two top winning Student Challenge teams who compete at the annual conference. It supports STMA educational materials and with STMA has funded two DVDs and dozens of educational bulletins.

The SAFE Board of Trustees includes:


  • Jay Warnick, CSFM, Chairperson
  • Mike Andresen, CSFM
  • Scott Bills, CSFM
  • Jon Butler
  • Marcus Dean, CSFM
  • Jeff Fowler
  • Jody Gill, CSFM
  • David Houseknecht
  • Nick McKenna, CSFM
  • Craig Potts, CSFM
  • Chad Price, CSFM, CFB
  • Paula Sliefert
  • John Sorochan, Ph.D.
  • Chris Sperry
  • Vickie Wallace
  • Steve Wightman
  • Kim Heck, SAFE Executive Director

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