The NRPEMS Awards and Citation Committee is pleased to announce the 2024 award Program and detailed herein. You are encouraged to participate in the Society’s efforts to recognize the deserving person, facilities, and programs that advance parks and recreation services.
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Nominee must have been a member or actively engaged with the NRPEMS, NRPA, or local state association for (10) years.
Must have displayed outstanding leadership through committee work (e.g., served on one or more committees for three (3) years or more) or through Board membership (e.g., during two or more consecutive terms have accepted responsibilities and performed services above and beyond accepted standards.)
Must have maintained high professional standards (e.g., through service and deed and has typified the meaning of a park and/or recreation professional.
Nominee initiated and sponsored outstanding recreation and park programs at the local, state or national level for ten (10) or more years.
Programs must be lasting in value and/or be an initial project that has served as the standard for other projects as the local, state, or national level.
Nominee must have held a NRPEMS membership for a minimum of three (3) years. Must have performed a service to the Society in an outstanding manner (e.g., committee work for more than three (3) years). Must have served one (1) term as a Board member and during that time have accepted responsibilities and performed services above and beyond accepted standards.
Nominee must have one of the following: displayed innovative recreation programming, must have developed innovation play equipment and has had a special benefit to mankind, committees, the Society or the parks and recreation field.
Nominee made an outstanding contribution to parks and recreation in one of the below categories:
Recognized publication/media regarding parks and/or recreation.
Partnership that enhanced Parks and Recreation
Sponsorship that impacted Parks and Recreation
Initiation and sponsorship of an outstanding recreation and park program at the local, state or national level for one (1) or more years.
Must have more than (2) years of experience as a leader, instructor, supervisor, administrator, consultant, or a combination of these in the field of parks and recreation.
Must have displayed distinctive leadership in promotion, organization and development of pioneer-type activity in the field of parks and recreation.
Must have outstanding service to the profession through the allied fields of arts, crafts, sports, health and safety education, design, park maintenance, horticulture, education, consultation services, etc.
Must have high recommendations and respect from the staff within the agency for which the nomination now works.
2023 Award Recipients:
Ernest T. Atwell – Tracey Crawford | Northwest Special Recreation Association
Service – Edwin Rivera-Guzman | Hispanic Professionals in Parks and Recreation
Achievement – Keith Wallace | Lincolnway Special Recreation Association
Recognition – Michael McCarty | American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration
Young Professional – Sydney Elliot | DeSoto Parks and Recreation
2022 Award Recipients:
Ernest T. Atwell – Bernita Reese | Columbus Recreation and Parks
Service – Sonia Wimbish | City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation
Achievement – Ben Johnson | Louisville Parks and Recreation
Recognition – Jodie Adams | Brio2 Solutions, LLC
Young Professional – Shajra Thrasher | City of Douglasville Parks and Recreation