CAHPERD Foundation for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles

The Foundation shall be a self-supported substructure of the Association organized to support the Association through fundraising activities as directed and approved by the Association. The Foundation shall be subject to the control and direction of the Association Board of Directors, which may provide that the activities of the Foundation be conducted by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Association Board of Directors, on the recommendation of the Administrative Committee. The Board of Trustees of the Foundation may adopt such governance documents for the Foundation as it sees fit, including Bylaws.

CAHPERD Foundation Grants and Scholarships

Project Grants

The Foundation provides an opportunity to apply for funding for projects that are aligned with its mission of promoting "....healthy lifestyles through quality education for all populations...." 

Funding priorities are:

  • Professional development--workshops, conferences, leadership training, etc.
  • Educational leadership--supporting the advancement of the professions through accreditation/certification/program review and the upgrading of standards.
  • Lifestyle management--engage in private sector partnerships to encourage healthy lifestyles; assist educational institutions in developing health promotion programs.
  • Research--expand research opportunities that have direct application to improving wellness in schools and communities throughout the state.

The William W. Harkness Emerging Leader Scholarship

This award was established by the CAHPERD Foundation for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles to honor an outstanding leader and distinguished founding member. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage emerging professional leaders to pursue appropriate professional development opportunities within their respective areas of interest. The financial benefit will enable the recipient(s) to attend a selected CAHPERD sponsored conference or workshop.

The Phyllis Blatz Promising Professional Scholarship

The Phyllis Blatz Promising Professional Scholarship is offered to females entering teaching or in their first year of teaching and coaching girls or women’s sports.  While opportunities for girls and women to compete have increased because of Title IX, there is still a short-fall in the number of women who are their coaches.  This scholarship is intended to provide professional development in support of women going into coaching.



Of Citrus Heights, CA, passed away on May 22, 2013.  Jeanne was born July 6, 1923, to Julius W. and Marie McGurn Bartelt in Elmwood Park, IL-a suburb of Chicago.  She received the B.S. degree in education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, after spending time in the United States Marine Corps as a transportation specialist and playing drums in the first, Women’s Marine Corps Band.  Jeanne came west to begin her career teaching physical education in the Bay Area before gravitating to Sacramento.  Here, she studied and completed an M.A. in physical education from Sacramento State University and, while doing so, taught in San Juan Unified School District.  After spending 17 years in San Juan Unified, she served as Physical Education Consultant at the California Department of Education until her retirement in 1985.  Even after retiring, she continued to contribute many hours of work for physical education, leading efforts in development of a state physical fitness test, teaching guidelines, handbooks and district curricula.  She worked many years in partnership with her life companion, Sandra Archer, to maintain Archer Travel in Sacramento. 


Jeanne received numerous honors during her career including the Honor and Verne Landreth Awards-the highest, bestowed on professionals by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD).  She was recognized for outstanding service by outdoor education organizations, girls and women’s sport groups and the Council of City and County Directors of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Besides outstanding service, what Jeanne was recognized for was her enduring passion for contributing to the active, healthy lifestyles of youth in California schools.  As recently as 1999, she received an Honor Award by the Council for School Leadership in Physical Education from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).  


Jeanne is pre-deceased by her parents and two sisters Dorothy Desalvo and Jeri Keyes.  She is survived by her life partner, Sandra Archer of Citrus Heights, five nieces: Virginia Palumbo, Patricia Desalvo, Regina Desalvo, Donna Johnson and Karen Pfeiffer and nephew Christopher Desalvo all of the Chicago area.  She is also survived by her extended family in Ely, NV:  Brandon, Christine, Deborah, Joey and Maureen and their families whom she loved.  Special thanks to her caregiver, Michelle. 


Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory, to the CAHPERD Foundation, 1501 El Camino Ave. #3, Sacramento, CA 95815 or the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, at James A. Jewel V.F.W. Post #3547, HC 33 Box 3350, Ely, NV, 89301.  A vigil will be held Wednesday, May 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. and a funeral mass on Wednesday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m. with reception following.  All will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7817 Old Auburn Rd., Citrus Heights, CA  95610. 

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