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Arizona State Professor To Receive Highest Honor at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, February 11, 2015 –Dr. Robert P. Pangrazi, a professor emeritus at Arizona State University, will receive the highest award given by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 130th National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA on Friday, March 20. Given in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions, the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by sculptor R. Tait McKenzie, will be presented to Dr. Pangrazi at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Others to be honored that evening include Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., founder of The Cooper Institute, Dick Fosbury, U.S. Olympian, 1968 Gold Medalist, high jump;and Mike Metzler, Ph.D., professor Georgia State University;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.

"A dedicated scholar and distinguished professional throughout his nearly 50-year career," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin, "Dr. Pangrazi is nationally and internationally recognized as a premier leader in physical education and physical activity promotion for youth. He began his career as a classroom teacher and physical education supervisor before earning his doctorate and beginning a stellar college teaching and research career." 

Dr. Pangrazi has published over 60 textbooks and 100 research and professional articles and has made keynote presentations worldwide.His elementary school physical education textbook called Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Students has sold more than 750,000 copies.He regularly conducts training sessions in schools and universities.His approach to elementary school physical education has been used in hundreds of public, private and charter schools.

Among his many honors, he received the SHAPE America Honor Award, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology, and was selected as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Advisory Board and the PCFSN Science Board. He has also served as editor to many journals including 13 years as co-editor of the PCFSN Research Digest. For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the convention webpage.


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