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Fort Worth Physical Education Director to be Honored at National Educator's Conference

RESTON, VA, March 3, 2014 – Georgi Roberts, director of health and physical education for the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD), will be recognized by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) at its 129th annual National Convention & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, April 4. Given in recognition of her distinguished service, dedication, and commitment to improving physical education, the Joy of Effort Award, designed by sculptor R. Tait McKenzie, will be presented to Roberts at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel.

Others to be honored that evening include Olympic legend Jackie Joyner- Kersee and Ronald S. Feingold, professor emeritus at Adelphi University, New York; National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School and National Adapted Physical Education, Dance and Health Teachers of the Year. The banquet is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field.

"The Joy of Effort is given in recognition of those individuals who, by performance and style, have personified the concept that the effort made to enrich the goals and objectives of physical education and sport is a labor of love, inspired by commitment and dedication," says AAHPERD President Gale Wiedow, interim dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University in Madison, SD.

Georgi Roberts is in her 21st year as a health and physical educator beginning her work as an elementary physical education teacher. At that time, she often said it was the best job ever and that she would retire from her small urban school. Eight years later, she moved to administration with an emphasis in providing the 225+ health and physical education teachers in FWISD with the tools, training, and resources necessary to offer quality health and physical education. In the past 12 years, her district has been awarded over $5 million dollars in grant funding to support these efforts, including three Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress grants; however, the most recent from the CDC to address HIV, STD and teen pregnancy might be the one that means the most. But she always says that!

Roberts regularly serves on multiple state and national committees working on advocacy and programs. Recently she was part of the team that created the new National Standards for Physical Education, is active on the FITNESSGRAM Scientific Advisory Board and is part of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program support subcommittee for grants. Her work with the City of Fort Worth on creating a fit city has been a new adventure allowing her to advocate for children to be active and eat well.

She considers herself one of the most fortunate people in the world as she has a job that she loves to go to every day. According to Roberts, "I get to promote play and wellness, rigorous and relevant curriculum and learning, and still get to see joy in children's faces when they learn how to jump into a rope or proudly state that they have had five fruits and vegetables. Next stop: Who knows? But it will be related to children and wellness and having fun."

A graduate of University of North Texas, she received her graduate degree from Texas Woman's University. 

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About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.