FREEDOM – The Capitol Federal Sports Complex team and the City of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department learned on Friday April 2 that the complex has won the 2020 Fields of Excellence award from Pioneer Athletics.
The Capitol Federal Sports Complex will receive a Certificate of Recognition and a Fields of Excellence banner that it can display on its winning field.
According to a company statement, Pioneer may also use the photo of the winning field at the Capitol Federal Sports Complex of Liberty in its upcoming publications and annual schedule.
Pioneer understands that excellence in sports field maintenance goes unrecognized and often unrecognized. The Fields of Excellence awards program honors exceptional athletic fields and the field teams who work hard to diligently maintain them. The Fields of Excellence awards program was established in 1997 and has honored more than 1,262 athletic fields across the country since its inception.
Colleges, universities, high schools, and parks and recreation departments across the United States have submitted photographs, letters of recommendation, and application forms outlining their institution’s detailed athletic field maintenance program. Rigorous judging process resulted in 73 winners
Athletics Field Team Leader Brett Teel said he and the team got their paints and other supplies from Pioneer and that a random scroll on the website increased recognition.
“I had to answer a few essay questions and send a lot of photos,” he explained. “The first question was why field and field maintenance staff should be considered and the second was to provide some tips for keeping a pitch in top condition. I focused on our challenges during COVID and how we made sure the fields were ready and in good shape when play resumed. ”
Teel, who grew up in Liberty and played the complex court as a child, said he wanted to return after graduating from the University of Missouri.
“I want to make sure there are nice fields that are in good condition and safe,” he said.
The resort team consists of Teel, two other full-time staff and seasonal employees.
“The work of gardeners is seen, but not often recognized,” said Liberty Parks manager BJ Staab. “They are there before and after games, making sure the fields are ready to play. This complex attracts 250,000 people per year. Brett and his team make a great team. They spend endless hours preparing these grounds for the game. It’s great when the other guys recognize the guys backstage. They go unnoticed because the fields are mowed and well maintained.
The fields of the complex are a mixture of sod as well as fields of grass.