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January 6, 2014

This is the first post of the new year.  It concerns an internship by one of our students, Joel Rieker, with the New York Red Bulls soccer team.  This was a great experience for him.  As part of the internship, he completed a report on his activities.  Joel will also be presenting an oral presentation on his summer at the Iowa Turf Conference in Des Moines, IA and at the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) in San Antonio.

 The following is the introduction to the report.

In the summer of 2013, I had the privilege of working as intern for the New York Red Bulls. The main reason I chose this internship was because of the Major League Soccer season. Soccer has a long season that starts in March and concludes in December.  This meant that I would be working in the heart of the season. This gave me several learning opportunities and the ability to work side by side with professional athletes.  As an intern I was able to participate in all the day-to-day aspects of the job. The grounds crew was in charge of three facilities.   Each facility had its own set of challenges with its own set of tools to accommodate these challenges. 

The entire report with all of the pictures is attached in pdf form.  To download the entire report, click on the following link internship post.