New Invisible Defense Protecting Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech is the first Division I University to apply the Sports Antimicrobial System to its athletics facility
May 16, 2006

Blacksburg, VA - The synthetic turf fields, sports medicine training room, locker rooms, whirlpools and wrestling rooms of Virginia Tech Athletics are now protected by the most advanced antimicrobial on the market - the colorless, odorless Sports Antimicrobial System (SAS) from SportCoatings.

Virginia Tech is setting new standards of proactive protection for universities nationwide by treating its facilities with SAS to provide the best possible environment for its student-athletes. The antimicrobial powering SAS creates a long-lasting antimicrobial layer effective against a very broad spectrum of all known bacteria, mold, fungi and algae.

While Virginia Tech has been fortunate not to experience a bacterial problem at its athletics facilities, it wanted to take additional steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its student-athletes.

"With bacterial staph infections like MRSA and fungi like ring worm and mold affecting many student-athletes across the country, the need to protect your facilities has become a necessity. We were not going to wait until we had a problem," said Jim Weaver, Athletics Director at Virginia Tech.

"Unlike conventional disinfectants that wash away and dissipate quickly, SAS durably bonds to the surface, actively fighting microorganisms 24/7," said SportCoatings president Art McWood. "Investing in SAS is investing in peace-of-mind that lasts for years."

SAS is comprised of three products: TurfAideTM, SportsAideTM and SportsAideTM Fabric Conditioner that treat a wide array of sports surfaces. TurfAide provides antimicrobial protection to synthetic turf systems; SportsAide protects athletic facilities including training rooms, locker rooms, whirlpools, gym mats and exercise equipment; while SportsAide Fabric Conditioner provides antimicrobial protection, stain releasers and odor control to sports laundry like towels and uniforms.

"Using the SAS system is like having an airbag in your car," said Mike Goforth, Director of Athletics Training, "you may not be able to see it, but the parents of our athletes can feel confident knowing that their sons and daughters are training in safe facilities when they come to Virginia Tech."

"You could tell it worked quickly. Within 24-hours of the application it erased the typical locker room scent. It brought a noticeable freshness to our facilities" said Denie Marie, Facilities Manager of Rector Field House.

The nano-technology powering SAS is the ĘGIS Microbe Shield® which has been safely used in consumer goods ranging from shoes to diapers and in medical applications from clean rooms to surgical dressings for more than 30 years. Registered with the EPA, it imparts an invisible layer of antimicrobial protection that will not leach any chemicals or heavy metals into the environment and will not rub off onto a player's skin.

"What makes the ĘGIS Microbe Shield unique is that it functions through a physical mode-of-action versus the chemical poisoning associated with traditional antimicrobials," said Curtis White, Chairman and CEO of ĘGIS. "This physical mode-of-action prevents microbes from adapting to the shield so there is no ability for 'super bugs' to develop resistance."

"Virginia Tech is one of many athletic departments from high schools to the NFL that have expressed interest in the benefits of SAS," said McWood.

Extensive warranties and service agreements are available on SAS applications to ensure the active antimicrobial layer remains intact.

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872, is a comprehensive university of national and international prominence. Virginia Tech fields 21 intercollegiate athletics teams - 11 for men and 10 for women - providing participation opportunities for over 500 student-athletes. Virginia Tech competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A division of the Coatings Specialist Group (CSG), SportCoatings is the world leader in sports coatings offering a wide array of products that enhance, restore and maintain synthetic sports surfaces. For more information about SportCoatings or the Sports Antimicrobial System, log onto www.csgsport.com .