The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal is awarded as the highest honor SHAPE
America bestows in recognition of long and distinguished service to one
or more of the professions represented in the Association. It shall be
presented annually (unless the committee agrees that no worthy candidate
has been nominated for any given year) at the national convention. Not
more than one Gulick Award is given each year. Learn more about the Gulick medal
The recipient shall:
- Currently be a member of SHAPE America and shall have held such membership for at least ten (10) years.
- Have been formally recognized by his/her peers by some form of national
award for outstanding professional contributions, e.g., Honor Award.
- Be clearly outstanding in his/her profession.
- Exemplify the best in service, research, teaching and/or administration.
- Be recognized by members of SHAPE America as a noteworthy leader.
- Be the type of person whose life and contributions could inspire youth to
live vigorously, courageously, and freely as citizens in a free society.
Luther Halsey Gulick
Halsey Gulick, 1865–1918, was an American pioneer in physical
education. Born in Honolulu, of American missionary parents, he studied
at Oberlin College, Sargent School of Physical Training (now part of
Boston Univ.), and the New York Univ. medical college (M.D., 1889). From
1887 to 1903 he was secretary of the physical training department of
the YMCA. He devised the emblem of the organization and, with James
Naismith, originated the game of basketball. He was director of physical
training in the New York City public schools from 1903 to 1908; in 1907
he founded the child hygiene department of the Russell Sage Foundation,
directing it until his retirement in 1913. With others he founded (1910)
the Camp Fire Girls movement.
Gulick also was among the founders
and first presidents of several associations dedicated to physical
education, such as the American Physical Education Association
(president, 1903-1906) and the Public School Training Society
(president, 1905-1908). He helped to organize the American School Hygiene
Association in 1907, and the Playground and Recreation Society of
America (president, 1906-1908).