MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department staff and volunteers recently received a total of 21 awards at the 2013 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference held in Chattanooga.
The association is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 1,200 individual and agency members organized in 1952 as the leader in supporting highly effective professionals to achieve healthy, livable communities. It exists to strengthen and unite those committed to the benefits of parks and recreation.
The following staff members won awards at the event:
The Volunteer Service Award recognizes an individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the field of parks, recreation and leisure services by performing volunteer services. This year, seven recipients from Murfreesboro were honored.
Bill Neal was honored for his commitment to the Murfreesboro Tennis Association. He has served as the community chair for the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation for a new tennis facility.
Kenneth Clark received the award for his commitment to serving as a youth football coach in the Murfreesboro Youth Football League for 35 years.
Karen Duvall was honored for her commitment to conducting English tutoring classes for hundreds of Hispanic families locally.
Leroy Hodges and Barbara Hodges received the award for their commitment to bringing the Kids for the Creative Arts program to the Patterson Park Community Center each year.
The Award of Excellence was presented to Rachel Singer, who the association recognized demonstrating outstanding achievement in the field of resource management.
The Maynard Glenn Award is given annually to recognize personnel who have planned, conducted or were responsible for the most outstanding recreation program during the year. This year’s recipient is Gary Arbit, the program coordinator for the McFadden Community Center.
The Dennis Rainier Award is developed to recognize personnel who have demonstrated excellence in athletic planning and programming. This year’s recipient is Thomas Laird.
The Robert H. Horsley Award is given annually to recognize community center personnel who have planned, conducted or were responsible for the most outstanding recreation program during the year. This year’s award recipient is Tom Sage, the superintendent of Patterson Park Community Center.
The Wellness Across Tennessee Award is given to an individual that focuses on promoting and building lifelong health and wellness skills for citizens, staff or youth through such avenues as outreach, special events, programs, policies, and individual service opportunities. This year’s recipient is Nate Williams for his role in the Try Boro Kids Race Series.
The Distinguished Young Professional Award recognizes a young professional who exemplifies the management skills in planning a wide variety of parks and recreation opportunities and activities, has set an example that has raised the standards of parks and recreation, and who through leadership, inspiration and incentive has made noteworthy contributions to their local service area and for the association. This year’s recipient is operations coordinator Gernell Floyd.
The Fellow Award is the highest honor the association can confer on an individual. It recognizes professional members of of the association who have made outstanding contributions to the recreation field, over and above their normal and expected duties.
Each year, one Fellow Award is bestowed upon a distinguished member. A nominee must have made recurring and valuable contributions to the recreation field. This year’s recipient was awarded posthumously and is awarded to Dennis Rainer.
The Four Star Award for Individual Service is the highest award given in the field of parks and recreation for excellence. It recognizes a person’s participation on a board, commission, committee or council that influences, benefits and strengthens recreation in the community. Receiving the award for his role on the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Commission is Eddie Miller.
Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department received the President’s Cup Award as the department in the population category of 100,000 and over that most overall reflects the professional standards set by the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for contributions made to both the state and to the National Association for Recreation and Parks. This year’s winner was Lanny Goodwin.