National and Network Awards

December 1, 2012, Department, by NRPA

Representatives from across the country, including this group from the Chicago Park District, were recognized for their hard work and dedication in Anaheim.The 2012 National and Network Award recipients were honored at the Best of the Best Ceremony during NRPA’s Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, California. These awards were presented to deserving candidates in several specific categories. The recipients were chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research, and public outreach. Please join us in congratulating the 2012 recipients:

2012 NRPA National Award Recipients

Armed Forces Recreation Achievement

Jeffery B. Sias, Naval Station Rota, Spain

Barb King Award for Environmental Stewardship
County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation, California

Dorothy Mullen Arts and Humanities Awards
Class I—BREC’s Magnolia Mound Plantation, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Class III—Summer Arts in the Parks, Waukegan Park District, Illinois
Class IV—Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration, City of Cedar Hill, Texas
Class V—Rutland Youth Theatre, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, Vermont

Excellence in Inclusion Award—Agency
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation, Colorado

Excellence in Inclusion Award—Individual
Anna Wood, Sudbury Park and Recreation, Massachusetts

Excellence in Military Recreation Award
Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Community Recreation Division, Kentucky

Excellence in Teaching Award
Cheryl A. Stevens, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Excellence in Water Safety Award
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Hawaii

Kudos Award for Marketing Campaign
OC Parks, Orange County, California

Kudos Award for Marketing Piece
Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

Kudos Award for Public Relations
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department, Nevada

National Health and Fitness Award
Woodland Discovery Summer Challenge at Shelby Farms Park, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Memphis, Tennessee

National Partnership Award
Parks After Dark (PAD) Summer Program, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, South Agency, California

National Voluntary Service Award
Maxine Lakin, Phoenix, Arizona

Park or Facility Design Award
Class I—San Leandro Senior Community Center, City of San Leandro, California
Class II—Rosemont Bridge at Buffalo Bayou Park, City of Houston Parks and Recreation, Texas

Ralph C. Wilson Award
Bert Neal, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Theodore & Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Research
William Stewart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Recognition of Significant Efforts (R.O.S.E.)
Bill Campbell, Santa Ana, California

National Distinguished Professional Award
Teresa Grodsky, Evanston, Illinois

Robert W. Crawford Rising Professional Award
Shane Mize, Missouri City, Texas

2012 NRPA Network Award Recipients

Distinguished Professionals
Teresa Grodsky, Leisure & Aging Network
Carol P. Moore, Southern Region Network
Bert Neal, Administrators Network
Anne Panattoni, Armed Forces Recreation Network

Rising Professionals
Hilary Boen, Aquatics Network
Brooke Burk, Young Professionals Network
Nathaniel Jaramillo, Administrators Network
Kristy Lintz, Midwest Region Network
Shane Mize, Southwest Region Network
Elisabeth Weaver, Armed Forces Recreation Network

Outstanding Graduate Student
Anna Pechenik, University of Mississippi

Outstanding Student Club
Rho Phi Lambda, California Polytechnic State University, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, San Luis Obispo