Laykold – Proud Surface of the Charlotte Hornets Legacy Project

Laykold was proud to take part, as the official surface, in the Charlotte Hornets Legacy Project powered by Lowe’s dedication ceremony, Tuesday October 9th, in Charlotte, NC.

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Team Laykold staff and longtime installation partner Court One (NC) had the pleasure of being courtside for the ceremony.  Team Laykold did a fantastic job of carrying the torch with the Laykold brand for Michael Jordan and the Hornets Legacy Project, “Swarm to Serve”, which is dedicated to inspiring youth.  The initial project in 2016 also featured a Laykold court.

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This year’s project consisted of seven courts, with the feature court under a pavilion.  The Laykold courts have custom purple and aqua lanes, on grey play areas.  All outside Laykold courts also have custom purple perimeters.  Team Laykold representative Craig Clements said, “Everyone raved about the feature Laykold court… it certainly has the wow factor!”

On hand for the dedication were newly appointed Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison, newly elected Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Hornets management, players, and cheerleaders, Charlotte Parks& Rec, as well as the local high school band and cheerleaders.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the 200+ kids in attendance had the opportunity to go through shooting and dribbling drills with the Hornets players on the Laykold court.  Team Laykold was thrilled to take part in such an incredible experience for the children of Charlotte NC!

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Laykold – Advancing communities around the globe!

Laykold Joins Wilson and Recycle Balls Initiative

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WILSON SPORTING GOODS AND RECYCLEBALLS TEAM UP TO RECYCLE 20 MILLION TENNIS BALLS OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

 

CHICAGO and Burlington, VT, October 16, 2018Wilson Sporting Goods Co., and RecycleBalls announced today they are partnering to collect, recycle, and repurpose tennis balls across the United States. RecycleBalls is a non-profit organization founded in 2014, with the goal of collecting and recycling the 125 million tennis balls that end up in US landfills each year and then converting these tennis balls into innovative and sustainable products. The Wilson/RecycleBalls partnership aims to recycle 20 million tennis balls in the U.S. over the next three years.

“This program with RecycleBalls gives our brand and players a truly viable way to make our communities and our sport better,” said Kyle Schlegel, Global Marketing Director, Wilson Racquet Sports. “We chose to work with the RecycleBalls team as their passion for sustainability in the game matched our own, and they have spent the past several years building a strong infrastructure, operations system, and outreach programs to make recycling and repurposing tennis balls a reality.”

“Wilson and RecycleBalls are making a commitment to keep tennis balls out of landfills and repurposing them into socially relevant products like tennis courts, playgrounds, turf, and more,” said Derrick Senior, Founder of RecycleBalls. “What started as a mission my son and I shared is, with Wilson Sporting Goods’ help, becoming a nationally recognized and adopted program. To date, our growing partner network, which has nearly 650 members, has kept nearly one million tennis balls out of US landfills.”

The newest member of the RecycleBalls partner network is Sport Group, the world’s largest sports surface manufacturer. Sport Group will use recycled tennis ball material in their Laykold Masters tennis courts.

“I am delighted that Sport Group has come on board with their Laykold court brand, which is one of the most well-known brands in the game,” added Senior. “It is a great story for tennis – the balls go from bouncing on the court to being used in the court.”

RecycleBalls offers a cost-effective solution for partner facilities and organizations by providing specialized bins for the collection of tennis ball donations at clubs and public facilities nationwide. These bins are placed directly on tennis courts, giving players a convenient way to be part of the solution.

All donation bins double as a shipping box with conveniently attached prepaid UPS shipping labels. When full, UPS picks up the containers and delivers them to Recycleballs. Partners receive RecycleBalls’ tax-deductible donation receipts for all donated balls.

When tennis balls arrive at RecycleBalls’ Vermont facility, the non-profit removes the felt and grinds the balls into RecycleBalls Green-Gold, a natural crumb rubber mixture that is 99 percent felt-free. This mixture is then provided to partner organizations to create new, sustainable products such as Laykold tennis courts.

Tennis players and enthusiasts are invited to participate in this innovative program through their own tennis ball collection efforts or via donations to help fund RecycleBalls’ mission. For individuals wishing to recycle tennis balls, RecycleBalls provides online shipping labels along with a tax deductible donation receipt. For more information on ways to become involved, please visit www.recycleballs.org.

 

 

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO. Wilson

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel, and accessories. Wilson is the global leader in performance tennis and uses player insights to develop products that push tennis equipment innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

 

ABOUT RECYCLEBALLS RecycleBalls

South Burlington, Vermont-based RecycleBalls is non-profit spearheading a first-of-its-kind positive change for U.S. tennis with its mission to recycle all tennis balls in the country.  Through a growing network of partners and individuals, RecycleBalls has pioneered a nationwide collection, recycling, and repurposing solution.  More information is available at www.recycleballs.org.

 

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Media contacts:

KRISTINA PETERSON-LOHMAN

Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Kristina.peterson-lohman@wilson.com

 

DERRICK SENIOR

Recycleballs.org

dsenior@recycleballs.org

Sport Group to Grow Brands – New Group Marketing Director

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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.

For more information, please visit www.sportgroup-holding.com

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

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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 www.astroturf.com.

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 www.nagleathletic.com 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 www.thepennrelays.com

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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.

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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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

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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

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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

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 www.ussoccerfoundation.org/grants.

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.

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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 www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.

 

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, www.astroturf.com/soccer. For questions or inquiries, contact Anthony DiCicco at adicicco@astroturf.com.

 

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 www.laykold.com