The Fowler Founders Award

Named in honor of Donald Fowler, retired Penn State Extension Agent, who is credited with organizing the group of individuals who formed KAFMO. 

The award itself is one of Fowler’s worn-out work boots that has been bronzed and signifies the hard work and determination demonstrated by the Fowler Founders Award recipients.

Fowler Founders Award recipients are chosen by the KAFMO Board of Directors to honor individuals for their dedication not only to KAFMO, but also for doing their part in making a difference in the sports turf industry of Pennsylvania.

  • 2001 - Don Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension, retired

  • 2002 - Keith Lehman, Pine Grove Area School District

  • 2003 - Kevin Yeiser, Lebanon Valley College

  • 2004 - George Hamilton, Penn State University, deceased

  • 2005 - Kurt Nilsson, Turf & Dirt

  • 2006 - Jim Welshans, Penn State Cooperative Extension

  • 2007 - Mark and Kay Bentzel, Dallastown Area School Dist

  • 2008 - Ben Burns, Hummer Turfgrass Systems

  • 2009 - Neale Magill, Hampden Township

  • 2010 - Dave Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension, ret.

  • 2011 - James Cornelius, West Chester School District

  • 2012 - Gordon Santee, Moondog Baseball

  • 2013 - Mike Dickert, Manor Township

  • 2014 - Bob Hudzik, Penn State University

  • 2015 - Bob Hummer, Turfgrass Systems

  • 2016 - Nancy Bosold, Penn State Extension

  • 2017 - Chris Lessig, Volusia County Parks, FL

  • 2018 - Dave Anderson, Hempfield School District

  • 2019 - Jeff Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension

  • 2020 - Gene Long, Coleman Memorial Park

Field of Distinction

KAFMO recognizes the facilities in the organization that have been dedicated to providing safe, playable conditions for their users regardless of the level of play. Field of Distinction awards are presented each year at the annual KAFMO Athletic Field Conference held each February. Winners receive a commemorative plaque, KAFMO jackets and local media attention.

Field of Distinction Application Information

“We are very honored to be able to call Lamade Stadium a Field of Distinction this year and proud of all the work that Rob and his team have put in over the years to earn such an achievement,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO.

Pequea Valley School District - Soccer Field

Conestoga School Dist. – Football field
Hempfield School Dist. – Football field

Cumberland Valley School Dist. – Football field
Ephrata War Memorial Stadium
Hempfield School Dist. – Softball field

City of Harrisburg – City Island
Quakertown Midget Football Field

Founder Park - Derry Township
Montgomery Township Public Works Windlestrae Park Connie Mack Field
Coleman Park Frederick D. Fritz Miller Memorial Park Field
Pine Grove Area School District
& Walter Stump Stadium @ Veteran Memorial Field

Pocono Mountain West School District – Field Hockey field

None awarded

Boyertown Area School District - Memorial Stadium
Derry Township School District - Memorial Field Baseball Field
South Middleton Township - Bowman Memorial Field

Gettysburg Area School District - Soccer Field
Manheim Township - Stauffer Softball Field
Middletown Area School District - War Memorial Field
Millersville University - Pucillo Softball Field

Centre Region Parks and Recreation - Soccer Fields
Exeter Township Little League - Baseball Field
Wyomissing High School - Football Field

Bryn Mawr College - Shillingford Field
Lower Allen Township - Robert E. Yetter Field
McConnellsburg High School - Baseball Field

Episcopal Academy, Alumni Field
Halifax Area High School, Halifax Athletic Stadium
Moravian College, Blue & Grey Field

Wyomissing School District, Flannery Field

Centre Region Parks and Recreation - John Hess Softball Complex
Hopewell Area Recreation Complex
Pine Grove School District - Cardinal Field

Germantown Friends School - Konover Field

Coleman Park, Frederick D. Fritz Miller Memorial Park Field
Marywood University, Pacer's Park
Moravian College, Gillespie Field

Annville - Cleona High School, Stadium Field
Episcopal Academy, Alumni Field

Little League International

5th Ward Baseball Field

Episcopal Academy, Stone Field

Marywood Univ. Softball Field