Press Release


Olympian Caitlin Cahow to Keynote SHAPE America's 130th National Convention and Exposition in Seattle

RESTON, VA, February 10, 2015 –Caitlin K. Cahow, a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, will keynote the General Session of SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators' 130th National Convention & Expo on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. More than 5,000 health and physical education teachers as well as other physical activity professionals are expected to attend the largest gathering of its kind in the country. To be hosted by SHAPE America President-Elect Steve Jefferies of Central Washington University, the program focus will be on the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP). Cahow will be joined by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, founder and chairman emeritus of The Cooper Institute.

Key to the PYFP success is the expertise and resources provided by partnering organizations, which include:

  • adoption of The Cooper Institute's fitness assessment, FITNESSGRAM®,
  • professional development facilitated by SHAPE America,
  • administration of the youth fitness recognition program, and scientific and tracking expertise of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin, says, "The major purpose of PYFP is to help students understand their fitness data, improve or maintain their physical well-being;develop cognitive concepts about fitness assessment and interpretation of results; and monitor and reinforce student learning and achievement in reaching personal fitness goals. We want every physical education teacher in this country to help children and their parents to understand the health-related fitness outcomes and to assist in the development of individual fitness plans."

Cahow was a member of the United States Women's National Ice Hockey Team from 2005 to 2013. The Team won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada and a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. She was Captain of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL), and has served on the CWHL board of directors since her retirement in 2013. She was the Captain of the U.S. Under-22 Select Team in 2006. Cahow won gold medals with the U.S. Women's National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship in 2008, 2009, and 2011. She received the 2008 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award. In February 2014, she served on the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. She is an active advisor to the You Can Play Team. She received the Shannon McLaughlin Advocacy Award from the Boston College Lambda Law Students Association and the Avian Soifer Award for Public Service Achievement and Leadership from Boston College Law School. Cahow received an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

For more information about the convention, visit the 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