The Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization was formed in 1994 by a small group of individuals who were concerned about the quality of the athletic fields in Pennsylvania. In 1997, KAFMO became incorporated as a chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association. Today, KAFMO is over 350 members strong and each individual is committed to enhancing the professionalism of athletic field managers in the Keystone State.
KAFMO’s goals are to improve the safety, playability and appearance of all athletic fields in Pennsylvania. As an organization we strive to accomplish our goals through seminars, field days, publications and networking with other professionals in the sports turf industry.
Any individual, institution, organization, vendor or supplier who has sincere interest in athletic field maintenance is welcome to become a member. Our members represent a wide range of professionals in the sports turf industry. From high school, collegiate and professional athletic facilities, to parks and recreation departments, municipalities, educators, youth leagues, contractors, and commercial vendors, our membership base is made up of a broad range of individuals who pool their knowledge together for the good of our craft.
ANNUAL EVENTS INCLUDE
Summer - Field Day
October - KAFMO Cup Open golf tournament – proceeds benefit the Awards Fund
January - Eastern Pennsylvania Turf Conference
January - Northeastern Pennsylvania Turf Conference
February - Annual KAFMO conference featuring seminars, exhibits and the annual awards program
February/March - Western Pennsylvania Turf Conference
March - Northwestern Pennsylvania Turf Conference
EDUCATIONAL GRANTS AND RESEARCH
KAFMO has donated over $100,000 for educational grants and sports turf research since 2001. KAFMO provides scholarships for sports turf education and sponsors collegiate teams in the Sports Turf Managers Association’s Collegiate Challenge at their annual national conference. Research beneficiaries include: Sports Turf Managers Association’s Foundation for Safer Athletic Field Environments (SAFE); Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council’s fund for sports turf research at Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Fund, Inc.