Sport Group to Grow Brands – New Group Marketing Director


Sport Group CEO, Frank Dittrich, recently announced the hiring of Richard Tattershaw in the newly created role of Group Marketing Director for the world’s largest business dedicated to sport surfaces.

This is part of Sport Group’s mission to transform the business of sport and space which will be delivered by an integrated global value chain, technology leaps, knowledge sharing and strong brands that deliver customer excitement and confidence.

Sport Group’s brands such as AstroTurf, Polytan, Melos, Rekortan and SYNLawn are leaders in all major global markets and are the choice of the Olympics and FIFA.

Sport Group is investing in Laykold as the group’s global court brand, a category in the industry that has suffered from limited innovation over the years. Laykold’s gel courts are a technology leap and the brand is helping deliver customer ambitions by transforming the Hard Rock Stadium into the new home of the Miami Open.

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Eric Haslow Joins APT

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Recently joining Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), a member of Sport Group, is Eric Haslow as Director of Business Development.

APT is a global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials and acrylic coatings for the sports and protective coatings market.  And as a member of Sport Group, APT is connected to a portfolio of world renowned brands which are unmatched in performance and high quality.

Eric brings 20+ years’ experience in sports and commercial surfacing, having worked for several globally respected manufacturers, such as Connor Sports, Tarkett, Gerflor, and TOLI.  His experience with manufacturing and product development has consistently generated growth, while continually building successful product lines and brands.  Eric’s history of interacting with and managing sales channels, as well as creating new market paths via B2B and B2C experiences, is a welcome addition to the global brands within APT and Sport Group.

SportGroup Acquisition of Nagel Athletic Surfaces


EAST SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – SportGroup is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc., a prominent track and outdoor court installation specialist based in East Syracuse, NY.  Nagle joins the SportGroup family of companies, which includes AstroTurf, APT – Advanced Polymer Technology, Polytan, SYNLawn, Melos, and more.  The sale was finalized on July 31, 2018.

The Nagle acquisition marks a significant investment in the Rekortan and Laykold brands and commitment to the track and outdoor court industry.

Designed for the modern elite athlete, Rekortan is a diverse, world class series of polyurethane running tracks that is unmatched in quality and performance. As SportGroup’s flagship running track brand, Rekortan has helped SportGroup earn more Class 1 and Class 2 IAAF certifications than any competitor across the globe.

Heard Smith, CEO of SportGroup North America, said, “Nagle Athletic Surfaces has built a leading reputation for itself as a top-tier track, outdoor court, and E-Layer® installer over the last 25 years.  They are an invaluable addition to AstroTurf, Rekortan, Laykold and SportGroup as a whole in North America.”

Paul Nagle of Nagle Athletic Surfaces stated, “Nagle is excited to join SportGroup and to offer the Rekortan brand.  Since the 1960s Rekortan has been known as the surface of choice for elite competitions around the globe.  Our clients will benefit from cutting edge chemistry, pure raw materials, and exceptional installation quality.” Paul Nagle will continue as CEO of Nagle Athletic Surfaces and operations will remain in East Syracuse, NY.

AstroTurf and Nagle will leverage turf and track synergies to provide high performance athletic surfaces throughout the Northeastern United States.

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About AstroTurf®
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. Now powered by SportGroup, the brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf and running track systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at

About Nagle Athletic Surfaces
As a premier installer of athletic surfaces with over 100 years of combined management experience, including two inhouse ASBA-Certified Track Builders, institutions across the northeast trust and rely on Nagle as a valued partner. Visit Nagle’s website at to learn more.

Rekortan Celebrates 30 Years as the Official Surface of The Penn Relays!

There really aren’t that many things that have been around the track and field world as long as Rekortan but The Penn Relays is the great grandfather of them all.  It is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, occurring annually since 1895.

Held each year during the last week of April, The Penn Relays regularly attract over 100,000 fans during a 3 day period with as many as 50,000 attending on Saturdays. The event will host more than 15,000 participants from High Schools, Colleges and Track Clubs throughout North America and abroad. It is held at the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field, the oldest stadium in the country that functions as both a football and track stadium.

The track at Franklin Field also has a historic background. It is a Rekortan track. When Rekortan debuted in 1969, it took the track world by storm with its innovation and performance – quickly earning the reputation as the “fast tracks”.  Over 4 decades later, Rekortan tracks not only carry on speed and tradition, they completely redefine it. The most advanced running surfaces in the world, Rekortan systems are simply unmatched for quality, technology, and of course, pure, blinding speed.

Rekortan has been a proud to be the official surface of The Penn Relays since 1988 when their first system was installed at Franklin Field. Every year since, the relays have been run on a Rekortan surface and countless records have been broken on this track that has a reputation for consistency and dependability.

The most recent installation of the surface occurred in 2015 when an exclusive Rekortan distributor, ATT Sports Inc., installed a Rekortan M99 System. The M99 track is a 15mm, impermeable, full pour system featuring three layers: a self-leveling fluid applied polyurethane coat, an innovative central force-reduction layer, and a fluid applied polyurethane topcoat with a dense matrix or broadcast EPDM rubber granule with no solvents or filler added. The system is fast for sprinters and kind to endurance athletes.

“It’s exciting to know that our track is under the soles of world-class athletes and that it is the preferred surface of The Penn Relays”, said Heard Smith, CEO of SportGroup North America. “We look forward to this event each year and celebrating 30 years as a sponsor makes this year even more special.”

The 2018 Penn Relays will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. Thursday, April 26 will feature High School Girls, College Women and Nighttime Distance Races
Friday, April 27 will feature High School Boys & Girls, College Men & Women and Olympic Development Races.  Saturday, April 28 will feature College Men & Women, High School Boys and USA vs. The World Races. A full schedule of events and detailed race times may be found at

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About Rekortan:
Designed for the current day athlete, the Rekortan track system is a diverse, world class series of polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. The Rekortan debut in 1969 revolutionized the track world with quality and innovation, forever crowning our systems as “the fast tracks”.  Rekortan is part of the SportGroup, arguably the largest sports surfacing company in the world.

eSports Made Journey Into Becoming Major Sport

It showed how eSports have not just made the journey into becoming major sport. They have actually concurrently made a less welcome journey: into being severe criminal enterprise.

Where there is loan in sport, so there is vice. This year, 380 million individuals will enjoy eSports, the fastest growing sport on the planet.

Inevitably, they are wagering huge sums ₤ 45 billion this year. Equally undoubtedly, such sums are producing opportunities for skullduggery: eSports gamers and fixers have actually currently been prohibited and even put behind bars for match-fixing. In 2015, the Esports Stability Coalition received 39 considerable suspicious wagering reports; at least one-third of these are most likely to have been genuine repairs. Possibly no video game is more difficult to identify fixing in than eSports: an item of location, innovation and the sheer excessive newness of everything.

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Worldwide, most eSports fixing is done straight by players or supervisors, who opportunistically wager against themselves or get a buddy or relative to do so. Like cricket and tennis, eSports lends itself to spot-fixing so players can deliberately lose the 2nd game of a Counter-Strike or Dota 2 match, however still win the match in general, indicating they can all at once take pleasure in the gains of triumph and the proceeds of their repair.

Absence of guidelines.

The world over, about 15 per cent of all sports wagering is fully legal and, therefore, easy for anti-corruption bodies to follow the loan and trace, giving them the very best opportunity of learning when a fix is on. Yet in the case of eSports, just 4 per cent of wagering is fully legal, according to Ian Smith, who has actually been the head of the Esports Integrity Coalition since the body was launched in 2016. ESports wagering is far less likely to be legal since eSports are most popular in East Asia particularly China and South Korea in countries where sports betting is prohibited. In the US, another eSports hotbed, completely 99 percent of eSports wagering is prohibited. Legalising betting throughout the world “would enhance sports integrity across the board” Smith laments.

Increasing criminal influence.

The novelty of eSports likewise renders discovering repairs especially hard.

The surge in eSports betting is proving tempting to criminal fixers.

In standard sports there is a depth of history and data which can notify anti-corruption bodies of suspicious behaviour. In eSports, with new video games continuously being developed and popularised, no one is sure what these norms are making it much harder to determine what really is impropriety. “If you get an alert in state cricket you can be reasonably specific 80 or 90 percent that there is something wrong” explains Smith, who previously operated in worldwide cricket. “In eSports, it’s type of the opposite due to the fact that it’s all a little bit chaotic and brand-new and adjustable, about 90 per cent of informs don’t indicate anything and only 10 percent do.”

The institutional weaknesses of esports make them particularly prone to match-fixing. The esports environment is a Wild West, with no generally accepted esports governing body. Such a disjointed structure is ripe for fixing; and, though the formation of the Esports Integrity Coalition in 2016 was recognition of these hazards, the body is chronically under-funded. There are simply 2 full-time personnel working for Smith, and an overall budget of a few hundred thousand pounds a year.

“If you think of a game like Counter-Strike, from a player point of view you simply avert at the apparent point for half a second and you get drilled,” Smith shows.

“You do not have to bowl a one foot no ball like Mohammad Amir did back in 2010 in the Pakistan-England video game, you just need to bowl a no ball by a few millimetres. If you’re an excellent Counter-Strike or Dota 2 player, that’s fairly easy to do. Individuals would not notice they ‘d groan because you ‘d made a mistake however overall you can play quite well.”

Maybe most troublesome is the nature of fixes themselves. The most popular eSports Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, which together account for 60 percent of all eSports wagering are shooter or battle video games of infinitesimal margins. To fix, and lose on purpose, all players need to do is hit their joysticks a couple of split-seconds late.

In 2016, Lee “Life” Seung-hyun, an iconic teenage eSports gamer in Starcraft 2, a science-fiction method video game, was banned for life from eSports in South Korea. He was not uncovered by eSports’ own examinations into fixing, however by a wider police investigation into prohibited gaming. Seung-hyun and other players were paid off by a gaming distribute to dedicate wagering scams.

In east Asia, repairing is progressively being managed by the same types of crooks who have actually corrupted cricket and football: criminal groups who approach and groom gamers. They normally pay players three-quarters of the money in advance for a repair and the rest after the video game. “You’re dealing with dodgy individuals so there’s a threat in not doing what they state,” Smith explains.

“Where people have failed in repairs they’re normally not faced with physical danger and threats however there’s the underlining worry that they might be.”

Based on site information eSports wagering grows it is anticipated to go beyond ₤ 120bn a year from 2020 so it will create new opportunities for bad guys, and match-fixing will increasingly be controlled by gangs.

The Municipality of Miraflores Inaugurates Two New Laykold Surfaces

In an effort to promote health and sports to the region, the Municipality of Miraflores in Lima Peru sought ways to rejuvenate two unused concrete sport slabs at Redondo Beach, in the beautiful Costa Verde area. The first sport slab being an official professional measurement, and the second slab being amateur measurement.

Team Laykold partner Menbel Sports, native to Peru, was quick to lend a hand in the effort, offering their installation services at no cost. APT – Advanced Polymer Technology, the manufacturer of Laykold acrylic court surfaces, also jumped in to assist on the project by donating all materials.

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In fact, Laykold is no stranger to the area. More than 15 years ago, one of the courts at Canchas Municipales de tenis was surfaced with Laykold. Of all the courts in the park, the Laykold court is still performing as though it were a brand new surface, even after almost 20 years!

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Canchas Minicipales de tenis Miaraflores – 20 year old Laykold courts


Now that the installation is complete, these colorful new Laykold sports courts can be seen from the popular Larcomar shopping mall, located on the hillside just above.

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The Municipality of MiraFlores is thrilled with their new Laykold sport surfaces. During the inauguration at Redondo Beach, Mayor Jorge Munoz was quoted as saying, “The municipality is implementing different spaces through programs that promote physical activity, as well as a healthy lifestyle that contribute to the development of comprehensive health of people.”

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Laykold is happy to have assisted the town of Miraflores in the first of many sports projects to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle for the people in the local community! Congratulations on your new Laykold sport surfaces!


A statement on potential cancer risks from exposure to SBR in artificial turf fields


The FIFA Medical Committee has released a letter concerning possible exposure to SBR in artificial turf fields, noting that “a large number of studies have further confirmed that the effect of SBR rubber are as negligible as the effect of ingesting grilled foods or exposure to tyre wear on roads in everyday life.” FIFA is referring to the recent studies conducted by the Dutch RIVM, ECHA and Washington state. With respect to the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s), FIFA noted that “there is no scientific evidence of these being bioavailable in their application as car tyres and infill for artificial turf fields thereafter.” Finally,  FIFA stated that “while it will never be possible to exclude risk completely or prove this negative, the newer studies have confirmed the previous findings that there is no evidence of link between contracting cancer.”
Download a copy of the letter here 20170330-statement-on-sbr-infill-v1.0

Bat Droppings on Laykold


Fruit bats are found in most parts of Australia. They are a protected species but can become a nuisance not only for their noise but also for their droppings. Being that their main diet is fruit and nectar, their droppings contain high acidic levels that damage acrylic coatings on sports courts and recreational areas unless removed early.

Download our tips and handy hints on Bat Droppings here Bat Droppings

Greatest esports betting sites for United States

It is also the second largest video games market in the world, with 160 million gamers set to invest over $25 billion by the end of 2017. With most of the biggest global esports tournaments such as The Global hosted in the united states and many of the best teams and players home-grown, American fans have it best in regards to attending, following and betting on their favourite pro gaming occasions. If you live in the USA and need to bet on both local and global esports tournaments, then this manual is for you.

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We cover a range of various esports betting sites lawfully catering to American punters along with the US Dollar, along with the best and safest deposit options to use when putting bets on your favourite teams and players online. All the sportsbooks we recommended and review provide betting markets for the planet’s most well-known esports tournaments, so if you love watching and betting on pro gaming events of Call of Duty, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League along with other titles, we will be sure you find the very best deal. Keep this page bookmarked as we keep you updated on the latest changes in USA esports betting.

Esports betting websites accepting players from the USA recommends the following offshore real cash sports betting websites for North American players due to their licensing, regulation and wide range of esports betting markets with best possible odds, including straight bets (winner), exotics, futures, line bets, first blood, map winner along with much more variants (determined by the sport ).

The esports betting websites we advocate for US professional gaming lovers are licensed and based overseas due to rigorous online gambling laws which change state-by-state and restrict what local online esports sportsbooks can offer. They often carry exceptional welcome bonuses and promotions that grant additional value to signing up and regular play. For North Americans who would rather wager with bitcoin cryptocurrency especially, there are some seriously great exclusive bonus deals presently offered to all of our readers who register through our provided links.

USA esports fans can find out how to maintain free bets and bonuses to get esports betting in our provided guide.

Deposit and withdrawal payment approaches at USA esports betting websites

The internet sportsbooks we recommend to North American esports bettors generally get a smaller assortment of payment methods compared to other nations, due to the USA’s prohibitive online gaming laws which prevent local residents from processing payments using conventional methods like direct bank transfers.

Usually it is the safest way to deposit cash to wager on your preferred esports betting markets due to the global reputation and proven security that includes using credit. Withdrawals are equally as quickly, typically within 72 hours. American Express isn’t accepted at any internet sportsbook we advocate at this moment.

Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin and Litecoin are all the rage at the moment with many savvy Web users and it is getting more and more mainstream to use them for online betting thanks to increased support from the planet’s best betting sites. Esports sportsbooks are currently offering substantial bonuses to lure new sign-ups into using bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies, and with zero deposit or withdrawal fees compared to other payment methods also it’s easy to see why it’s preferable for most — maybe not taking into consideration the anonymity and privacy.

Gift card and prepaid card: MasterCard and Visa-branded gift cards and prepaid cards are often supported at esports betting websites accepting American sign-ups, but they’re only accepted if you make certain that it is specifically permitted to be used for’International and online purchases’ prior to buying the card and loading it with funds.

E-Wallets: Also called virtual wallets and web wallets, digital payment services like Neteller act as a middle-man between your personal banking accounts and esports betting accounts. You merely create a free acount using the support, join a financing method (bank account or card) and load up with just how much you intend to wager with. Then you move the money in your e-wallet account into your account in your preferred online sportsbook. With the expert’s of anonymity and increased solitude comes a few con’s, such as added fees for withdrawals or transfers.

For more in-depth info on the best way best to deposit money at esports betting websites and which payment solutions best fit your nation, make sure that you have a look at our different guides connected to on this site.

Is it legal to wager on esports from the USA?

All that our North American esports readers will need to understand is this: You can 100% stake on esports on line at certain websites, you only need to make sure to do extra homework about which payment services that you can use to deposit and withdraw your betting money.

For those seeking a more comprehensive, legal response: To say online gaming and internet sports betting laws in the USA is complicated would be a severe understatement. To correctly breakdown and outline the legality of esports betting would need intimate knowledge of local, state and national laws and regulators making following which nation has legalised which form of betting all the more difficult. We are guessing most of our American visitors won’t exactly be able to recite each and every gambling law pertaining to these off-by-heart, so below we do our best to summarise why esports betting is legal for Americans to partake in depending upon the state you reside in, so long as the betting site in question is based and licensed offshore.

For starters, there are 3 key pieces of gambling laws affecting esports betting: The Interstate Wire Act (IWA), The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASP) and also The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). All of these were enacted prior to the facilitation of esports betting, however they impact it nonetheless. The’Wire Act’ of 1961 was initially designed to stop sports betting wagers on telephone passed state-by-state, and also the PASP made it so no state can skip current laws banning sports betting with fresh legislation. Both laws have been updated over the years to reflect the newest technologies, like the Internet, which has allowed us to wager from house, but both have never penalized players making small bets.

It’s the UIGEA that is the most significant, as it criminalised all gambling-related transactions processed at banks, which have been the main deposit option offered to USA sports bettors. Essentially, government wanted financial institutions to not process online gambling transactions. As a result, several internet sportsbooks exited the U.S. to avoid the annoyance and potential legal ramifications with coping with such a complex sector.

But what’s ended up happening is many overseas online betting sites licensed in overseas jurisdictions have continued to service US-based players, and third party payment services have filled the void and are presently being supported at stated US-facing online sportsbooks, nevertheless giving Americans legitimate techniques to deposit money for the purposes of esports and sports betting. Since the action is intended to target large-scale prohibited gambling rackets or criminal operations within the United States, it’s been rare for individuals betting online from America in a sportsbook based abroad to be punished by the law.

Additionally, because of many state-based laws and the fact that specific regulation for fantasy sports betting, skill games and esports is still catching up now, it is a minefield to really understand whether whatever is explicitly prohibited or not, and also for now, esports betting comes under this class. Until then, rest assured, it’s safe to wager on your favourite esports games — you just need to do your assignments on which esports betting websites are the right for you.

North America is without a doubt the world’s largest esports marketplace. According to the most recent consumer insights from NewZoo, there are over 23 million recorded esports fans living in the USA of America in 2017. The region produces the maximum revenue per esports enthusiast — $10.36 per fan each year, which can be twice as much earnings each year than any other country in the world) and contains the highest direct spend globally. Esports are almost as popular as ice hockey, with 14% of North Americans aged 21-35 identifying as esports lovers, and 18 percent of the team also fans of hockey.

A report from matches and interactive media intelligence team SuperData,’Esports Courtside: Playmakers of 2017′ revealed Twitch stays the most common live-streaming platform for watching important esports tournaments for fans living in North America, with 87% of US esports fans utilizing the service. Youtube has picked up steam because, with 77 percent of US esports fans using the world’s most common video-sharing site to see esports curated content. In terms of US esports viewership divide, 20% watch Twitch just, 11 percent watch on YouTube only, and 67% observe esports on the two. In precisely the exact same research, the most likely esports video game one of pro gaming enthusiasts residing in the United States was discovered to be Overwatch.

The latest reported earnings from esports in the USA are at $257 million created in 2017, together with estimates of expansion within $600 million by 2020. The majority of said revenues are from sponsorships for US-based professional teams along with also the fact the world’s most important comps, leagues and tournaments are located in the country — analysts predict this figure will complete over $110 million to 2017.

With the many other pro gaming events held throughout the country, the US accounted for 56 percent of the total listed $93.3 million in major occasion prize money handed out to esports winners globally in 2016 (approximately USD$52,248,000).

The editorial staff in can only see the USA’s esports industry continue to plummet, particularly with the re-structuring of The International and the numerous Dota two qualifiers along with the forthcoming Overwatch League which seems set to be the upcoming huge thing.

AstroTurf and APT Partner with U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced that AstroTurf will join the Foundation as a national partner of its Safe Places to Play program. Through this partnership, both the Foundation and AstroTurf seek to grow the sport of soccer and positively impact communities throughout the U.S. by building synthetic turf fields across the country.

By building these fields, the Foundation and AstroTurf are working to increase the number of safe and accessible places where both youth and adults can play soccer. This partnership is part of the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program, a field-building and enhancement program that creates safe playing spaces by transforming underutilized spaces into state-of-the-art soccer fields.

“Soccer is a vehicle for immense, positive social change. The efforts of the U.S. Soccer Foundation over the past 20 years provide children and aspiring players access to fields, acrylic courts and programming that makes a direct impact in local communities,” said AstroTurf Director of Soccer, Anthony DiCicco. He continued, “AstroTurf, by partnering, first, with the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) and now with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, is proud to provide support, resources and our 50-plus years of field-building expertise to these incredible organizations doing the work of improving soccer for all.”

“We are very excited to have AstroTurf as a national partner for the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “AstroTurf is a leader in synthetic turf and construction and we look forward to working together to give children safe environments where they can play soccer and enjoy the game’s many health and social benefits.”

As a national partner, AstroTurf will provide the means to assist non-profit organizations looking to build synthetic turf fields in their respective communities by supplying them with all necessary turf needs. Non-profit organizations can apply for Safe Places to Play grants from the Foundation to cover a portion of the costs of synthetic turf fields. The Spring 2017 cycle for these grants is now open for organizations, with letters of interest due February 3. Other Safe Places to Play grant opportunities for lighting, irrigation and sport court with national partners Musco Sports Lighting, Hunter Industries, and Sport Court are also available.

Organizations that do not receive a grant, but want to build a synthetic turf field in their community, can also work with the Foundation to get preferred pricing. For more information about the grants and preferred pricing, visit

AstroTurf joins another SportGroup company, APT, as a National Partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. APT, using their Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system, are underway building an estimated 500 courts across the country as part of a relationship that began in the Fall of 2015. Many urban areas across the country lack both space and a safe environment for children to play outside. APT’s Laykold Masters surfacing system has been used nationwide to turn abandoned spaces into colorful, fun places for children to enjoy sports activities.



About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at


About AstroTurf®

For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, For questions or inquiries, contact Anthony DiCicco at


About APT and Laykold®

The Laykold family of systems are acrylic sports surfaces that can be customized to achieve the desired performance, playability and appearance, making it an incredibly cost-effective way to breathe new life into asphalt or concrete surfaces. Low maintenance and resurfacing costs can extend a court’s playing life or transform it completely. Laykold is manufactured in APT’s ISO 9001 and 14001 certified factory in Harmony PA. APT is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, high performance and environmentally friendly sports and recreational surfacing systems. For more information, visit