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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

McAllen ISD’s Mario Reyna to be Inducted  Into SHAPE America’s Hall of Fame

RESTON, VA, March 31, 2016 – Mario Reyna, coordinator for health and physical education for the McAllen Independent School District in McAllen, Texas, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, officials announced today. SHAPE America will bestow the honor at the organization's Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, April 8, during the 131st National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis.

Joining Reyna as 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be Lindsay Whalen, U.S. Olympian, five-time WNBA All-Star and point guard for the Minnesota Lynx, and Alan Faneca, former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro guard. Others to be honored include the National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for elementary, middle and high school and National Teachers of the Year for adapted physical education, dance and health. The banquet is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field. 

SHAPE America's Hall of Fame awards are given to honor outstanding individuals who 1) make significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program; 2) further the image of sport and healthy physical activity for all; 3) accentuate the integral relationships of sport, motor development and physical activity to the total educational process; 4) encourage involvement in meaningful competitive sport or physical activity programs by influential educators and citizens in all walks of life; and 5) symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport.

Past Hall of Fame inductees include golfer Annika Sorenstam, University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, and Olympians Tony DiCicco, Dick Fosbury, Rulon Gardner, Nancy Hogshead,Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis,Shannon Miller, Edwin Moses, Dot Richardson, Wilma Rudolph and Peter Vidmar. 

According to SHAPE America President Steve Jefferies, professor emeritus, Central Washington University, "this award honors an individual who exemplifies the highest standards in accomplishment, innovation, and leadership."  

The award-winning administrator provides professional development, curriculum resources and support for 65 professionals and 38 paraprofessionals at 32 schools serving 25,000 students. 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, to eat healthy and to be well," says McAllen ISD Interim Superintendent Jose A. Gonzalez, 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 five 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. In 2015 SHAPE America recognized Reyna with the Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award. 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.  

In addition to Let's Move! Active Schools, McAllen ISD participates in other SHAPE America initiatives including the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops For Heart programs and "50 Million Strong by 2029." 

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow hashtag #SHAPEMinneapolis.

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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.