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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

McAllen Physical Education Coordinator To Be Honored at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, February 19, 2015 –Mario Reyna, coordinator for Health and Physical Education for the McAllen Independent School District, will be honored with the Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators during its 130th National Convention & Expo, March 17-21 in Seattle, Washington. A tireless leader and worker at the local, state and national levels for quality physical education in schools, Reyna embodies the Channing Mann Award criteria of leadership, service, advocacy and contributions to the curriculum.

The award-winning administrator, who provides professional development, curriculum resources and support for 65 professionals and 38 paraprofessionals at 32 schools serving 25,000 students, will receive the Channing Mann Award at the SHAPE America Celebration of Professional Excellence Ceremony on Thursday, March 19, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

According to SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin, "this award honors an individual who exemplifies the highest standards in accomplishment, innovation, and leadership." 

Among Reyna's duties, he also serves as the Director of the Physical Education Program (PEP) grant. In 2012, he secured $1.9 million from the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant. For 10 years, he managed the After School Enrichment Program where he procured more than $4.5 million.

"In McAllen ISD, we believe educating the whole child must emphasize good health, good nutrition and teaching children the life skills necessary to Be Active. Eat Healthy. Be Well," says McAllen ISD Superintendent James Ponce, Ed.D. "These are lifelong habits that contribute to success in and out of the classroom."

Reyna's relentless support of the Let's Move! Active Schools initiative and advocacy efforts prompted an invitation to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama in February 2014. A few weeks later, former First Lady Hillary Clinton applauded McAllen ISD for its efforts in the Let's Move! Active Schools and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation initiatives.

Under his direction, McAllen ISD has become the only district in the United States with 100 percent of campuses earning the Let's Move! Active Schools Recognition Award. Reyna's recruitment of the City of McAllen as a Let's Move! City has paid off – the city has earned four Let's Move! Gold medals. Reyna organized and hosted the Let's Move! McAllen Pep Rally that attracted 5,500 participants in September 2014. He is currently serving as the Texas Let's Move! Active Schools Co-Coordinator.

In 2010, Mr. Reyna served as President of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD), the first male Hispanic President elected. Awards include: 2006 Texas AHPERD Honor;2014 AAHPERD Southern District Ethnic Minority;and, 2014 Texas AHPERD K-12 Physical Education Administrator of the Year.

Mario Reyna earned his master of education from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1990 and has worked at McAllen ISD for 34 years – 14 in an administrative role. He is the only physical education teacher in McAllen ISD to have received the District Teacher of the Year Award.

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention &Expo, visit the website.

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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.