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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SHAPE Colorado Executive Director to be Honored  at SHAPE America National Convention

RESTON, VA, March 5, 2015 –Patricia Morrison, executive director of SHAPE Colorado –the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Colorado will be honored with the SHAPE America Honor Award for meritorious service to the profession by SHAPE America –Society of Health and Physical Educators during its 130th National Convention &Expo, March 17-21 in Seattle.

The Honor Award, which recognizes recipients for their personal integrity, devoted service to the profession and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of health and physical education, will be given at the Celebration of Professional Excellence ceremony on Thursday, March 19, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

"Patricia Morrison has educated, inspired and touched many physical education teachers in Colorado," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin of the University of Texas at Austin. "Her influence on quality physical education and physical educators is unsurpassed. She believes in her heart that the greatest gift she can give others is encouragement and support to help them move forward in their commitment to their students and the profession."

A retired adapted physical education teacher for the Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO, Morrison provided modifications and adaptations to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities in the physical education and recreation setting for more than 27 years. She also worked on curriculum committees for both general and special education, was a Certified Ropes Course Facilitator, served on the Traumatic Brain Injury resource team and was a member of the Liaison Committee for adapted physical educators, occupational therapists and physical therapists for the Colorado Department of Education.

Morrison also worked with organizations to provide overnight recreational events for students with disabilities so they could experience downhill and cross-country skiing, rock climbing and adventure ropes courses. Currently an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she teaches adapted physical education. 

Giving back to the community is very important to Morrison. For the last 30 years, she has been involved in the development and operation of the Colorado Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp. In addition to serving as the camp's volunteer coordinator for many years, she also developed a university class for teachers, allowing them to receive credit while learning about sports for students with disabilities. She was the volunteer coordinator for the Junior National Wheelchair Games when they were held in Colorado and also worked with Special Olympics. 

Morrison's service commitment spread to SHAPE Colorado, where she served as the adapted chair and president. Now as executive director, she serves on the Physical Education Initiative and the Physical Education Coalition committee, working to explore options to increase physical education and physical activity across the state. At SHAPE America's district level, she served as convention manager and recognition chair. At the national level, Morrison is currently on the Adapted Physical Education committee. She has presented numerous times on her passion of adapted physical education at the state and district levels, and has presented across the United States at many events.

The recipient of the Colorado Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award on two separate occasions, she was also honored as the SHAPE America Central District Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year and the National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. In addition to receiving the Central District Honor Award, she has received numerous state awards for her dedication to students with disabilities. Morrison is a Nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) by the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS).


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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.