R. Tait McKenzie Award

The R. Tait McKenzie Award is bestowed annually in recognition of distinguished service by members, which takes place outside the framework of SHAPE America but which reflects prestige, honor, and dignity on the association. The award was first bestowed in 1968. Not more than two McKenzie Awards may be presented each year.

The recipient shall:
  • Be an active member of SHAPE America.
Award Criteria
  • Have made significant contributions through work outside the normal work of the Association (e.g., government, general education, public health, international affairs, etc.) that reflect favorably on the Association.
  • Be highly regarded by his/her professional peers
Robert Tait McKenzie

r-tait-mckenzieRobert Tait McKenzie (May 26, 1867 –April 28, 1938) was a Canadian-born sculptor, doctor, soldier, physical educator, athlete and Scouter. Born in Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, he was one of the first to see the close relationship of physical activity to chronic and acute illness; to distinguish between the physical training of the superior athlete and that needed to maintain health;and to adapt physical activity and apparatus for rehabilitation. His knowledge of the human body had its foundation in the study of anatomy. In his lifetime, McKenzie sculpted 233 pieces, r-tait-mkenzie-medalfrom athletes to children at play. His sculptures spanned his broad range of interests. McKenzie was president of the American Physical Education Association from 1912-16.

McKenzie Medal