We Love Our Volunteers!

SHAPE America is a member-driven organization, guided by volunteers. Our committed volunteers are fundamental to SHAPE America’s success and serve on program councils, special interest groups (SIGs), publication review committees, task forces, and on our Board of Directors.


As a volunteer, you’ll help shape the direction of SHAPE America and the profession. You’ll also meet new colleagues, forge valuable and lasting relationships, and make a difference on the key issues affecting health and physical educators.

We are committed to fostering greater equity, diversity, and inclusion within our member community – and within our volunteer leadership opportunities. We hope you’ll get involved!

Testimonials




The aspect I like most about being a volunteer leader: working with like minded individuals from ALL over toward a common goal. We are colleagues but have become friends.

I am so fortunate to be a part of SHAPE. I volunteered to join a council because I wanted to give back. When the chair position opened up, I applied. Now, I’m steering a council to create resources like the wellness series. My council is composed of amazing members from all over America. The remarkable staff and leadership at SHAPE are always responsive and work to help see our ideas come to life. The aspect I like most about being a volunteer leader: working with like minded individuals from ALL over toward a common goal. We are colleagues but have become friends. Taking the road less traveled to become a volunteer leader has made all the difference as a professional and a person.

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Jim Hambel, Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders, NY— Chair of the Physical Activity Council

Having the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most passionate and driven teachers and advocates in the field allows us to accomplish great things together through the power of many.

“Serving SHAPE America at the State, District, and National levels has afforded me the opportunity to be an advocate for the two most important things in our lives…Health and Physical Education. Having the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most passionate and driven teachers and advocates in the field allows us to accomplish great things together through the power of many. If you are thinking about serving…please do! We need fresh ideas and passionate energy to lead SHAPE into the future!”

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Joe Deutsch, Professor, North Dakota State University— Past President, Central District

Teaching can be stressful, often presenting frustration and isolation. Being allied with other volunteer leaders offered a source of strength and encouragement.

Reflecting upon my 50 yrs. of AAHPERD/SHAPE & WI membership (over 25yrs. involved in leadership), I realize both have provided me with professional vision and innovative programs and products to help me persevere and overcome challenges while driving my teaching to advocate for ‘healthy active lifestyles’ for all. Navigating through my initial leadership WI Representative Assembly position, to serving as both WI & Midwest President and continued involvement on two National committees, has allowed me to connect and collaborate with professionals across the nation. Teaching can be stressful, often presenting frustration and isolation. Being allied with other volunteer leaders offered a source of strength and encouragement. Furthermore, volunteering as a leader has provided me with avenues to network, explore, and grow while developing lifelong friendships. It allowed me to serve others and to ‘live my passion’ for Health & Physical Education.

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Kristine (Kris) Fritz— Wisconsin and Midwest District Past President

Through serving as a volunteer leader, I am able to get reenergized even more often through the work I am doing with SHAPE America.

"I love serving as a volunteer leader for SHAPE America because I am able to connect with amazing teachers everywhere! I also love that I am able to give back to the organization that helps motivate me to be a better teacher. I have been a SHAPE America member since I was in college and every time I go to a national convention, I get reenergized to go back to my students and work harder for them. Through serving as a volunteer leader, I am able to get reenergized even more often through the work I am doing with SHAPE America. I am able to stay current in best practices and gain new ideas from teachers all over the world."

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Megan McCollom— MNSHAPE Webmaster, Central District Director