Our 20 Year History

 

 

The predecessor organization to the CSD Council began serving as a sports development consultant as early as 1998. Our founder was a business lawyer and President of a local youth soccer club who found himself beyond frustrated with the lack of sports fields available for all weather, year-round play and training. He was even more frustrated, after detailed research revealed the average cost of new synthetic turf fields exceeded $1.2 – $1.4 million dollars, leaving many organizations left out, with an inability to fund this large of an expense. This led to organizing an ad hoc turf industry group to consider and approve sponsoring & subsidizing a number of early one on one projects. As we became more and more involved in larger projects (Example: we’ve done multiple 4 -5 acre wall to wall city sports field projects) we then formally launched and incorporated the CSD Alliance as a hands on logistical arm. CSD Alliance was then really well positioned to help plan, sponsor and manage single and multi field projects as early as 2009. Our key Alliance members include the #1 turf production mill in the U.S., crumb rubber mills, transport companies, Laser turf art companies (logos and lettering) and 3 different professional turf installation contractors. We now have the ability to provide our financial and sponsorship network to support a minimum of 10 – 12 projects per year (many “projects” are multi field projects). In some instances, we have also been able to leverage these resources with local urban renewal, government grants, private donor funding and sports lottery funds.

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