Synthetic Turf Council Donates New Playing Field & Fitness Center to City of Refuge

Atlanta, GA– On Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m., the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), a non-profit trade association, unveils a 4,800 square-foot beautiful, grass-like synthetic turf play field and fitness center donated through the generosity of its members for the children and families at the City of Refuge located in downtown Atlanta (1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30314).  The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include City of Refuge CEO Bruce Deel, COO Jeff Deel, local area VIPs and the Synthetic Turf Council President, Al Garver.

“We are committed to community wellness and environmental responsibility through the use of synthetic turf,” noted Al Garver, President of the Synthetic Turf Council.  “Our members enthusiastically came together to build a play field and fitness center for the City of Refuge campus, a shelter and support organization for 300 year-round residents that are in need of assistance.”

Since 1996, the City of Refuge provides resources that arrest crisis; restore self-respect and transition individuals and their families back on the road to independence and positive social engagement with life-building tools to individuals and families in Atlanta who are living on the margins. The service at the City of Refuge campus spans multiple areas of need – from food, clothing and shelter to job training, placement, housing, healthcare and education.

“Our goal is to provide access to and information about the best possible opportunities for success to those who are willing to work hard for positive change,” said Jeff Deel, COO, City of Refuge. “A donated play field will allow a child to just be a child.”

The Synthetic Turf Council and its members are dedicated to providing safe and durable synthetic turf to millions of users across the country. Since 2007, an. estimated 4.5 billion square feet of synthetic turf has been installed around the world by schools, playgrounds and community parks in the U.S. and Canada.

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Geofill and Shaw sport together in North America

(CALHOUN, Georgia) – Shaw Sports Turf and Italgreen S.p.a. of Italy, have announced an exclusive partnership for Geofill in North America.

Italgreen is a 30-year-old Italian company which manufactures high-performance synthetic turf systems which have been installed in more than 50 countries, as well as the 100% organic infill, Geofill, for synthetic turf systems.

Geofill will now be offered exclusively in North America to customers of Shaw Sports Turf.

“This partnership allows us to continue to differentiate Shaw Sports Turf as the leader in the synthetic turf marketplace,” said Phil Barlow, Vice President of Shaw’s Turf and Specialty Markets Division. “Geofill is an environmentally friendly infill system that further reinforces the positive performance attributes of natural grass in a synthetic turf field system.”

Introduced in 2005, Geofill is the first 100% natural infill in the world. It was originally introduced to provide a high-performance, environmentally friendly infill system. More than 500 fields around the world currently feature Geofill.

Geofill is a 100% organic mix, consisting mainly of coconut fibers and organic materials resistant to aging, tearing, and adverse weather conditions. Geofill creates a stabilized layer between the synthetic grass fibers which fills in the system like natural grass. An added benefit is that Geofill systems are typically cooler than systems which use rubber infill.

Geofill systems meet all FIFA requirements for one and two-star certification. FIFA is the world governing body of soccer.

“Shaw is a name known throughout the world for being a leader in manufacturing,” said Maurizio Gilardi, Director General of Italgreen. “Italgreen and Geofill are also names with a best-in-class reputation, so this is a partnership which will greatly benefit customers in the North American market.”

Among the worldwide stadiums already utilizing the Geofill system are Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Russia, Shaktar Donetsk in Ukraine, Copiapo Stadium in Chile, and Stadio Silvio Piola (Novara FC) in Italy