Awards & Recognition


The CAHPERD Awards program is designed to recognize members for outstanding and noteworthy achievements, contributions and/or service to the organization and/or the profession.  Award recipients must be current members of CAHPERD, unless the award criterion stipulates otherwise.

Association Awards

Verne Landreth Award  -  Nominees are clearly outstanding in their profession, exemplifying the highest achievement in service, research, teaching, or administration. This is the highest and most prestigious award offered by CAHPERD.

Honor Award  - Candidates exemplify the spirit of devoted service and, by their leadership and industry, have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of the profession.

Phyllis A. Blatz Exemplary Leadership Award  – Honors individuals who have provided unique and distinguished leadership to CAHPERD over a minimum of fifteen (15) years in any or all levels of jurisdiction, or within other aspects or projects of the Association.

Teacher of the Year Awards

School Health Education Teacher of the Year  - The selection of the recipient(s) is based on professional preparation and experience, recognitions, professional organizations, significant contributions, and overall impact on health education or school health programs.

Physical Education Teacher of the Year  - Recognizes outstanding physical education teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year  - Recognizes outstanding physical educators teaching adapted physical education to individuals with disabilities in programs for ages birth to adult.

K-12 Dance Teacher of the Year  – Recognizes educators who teach all dance forms (except aerobic dance) within grades K-12 in a school system.

Teacher of the Year Award Guidelines

Other Division & Section Awards

Adapted Physical Education  - Nick Breit Professional Recognition – Candidates shall be individuals who have made significant contributions in, or to, the field of Adapted Physical Education.

Clark Hetherington Honor Award  - Recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and significant contributions to their school system and/or community. Candidates shall have served in administrative positions in school, college, or community programs for a period of at least five (5) years prior to nomination.

Emmett Ashford Community Spirit Award  - Candidates demonstrate the characteristics of Emmett Ashford’s legacy.  (See nomination form for detailed description.) The nominee should be someone from the community in which the Annual CAHPERD Conference is held for the nominating year (2017-San Diego).

Award for Distinguished Service to Recreation  – Recognizes a member or friend of CAHPERD who has demonstrated outstanding service to the recreation profession.

Professional Dance Educator of the Year  – Recognizes a college or university professor who has a major responsibility for teaching all dance forms, (except aerobic dance).