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The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) is the charity of STMA. It was founded in 2000 to fund research, educational programs and scholarships geared to the sports field profession. As a 501 c 3 non-profit foundation, donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.

SAFE’s Mission

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

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

What SAFE Provides

How SAFE Raises Funds

SAFE generates funding for its programs through member and industry donations, grants from other foundations, and events held at the annual STMA Conference and Exhibition: an annual golf tournament, bowling event, auctions and raffles.

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