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Stephanie Stephens receives the 2018 PlayCore Hero Award at NRPA Annual Conference

Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director, California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS), was the recipient of the 2018 PlayCore Hero Award for her commitment to building communities in California through play and recreation. The Hero Award embodies servant leadership, those who give selflessly with a goal of improving lives and active behavior in their communities and the world.

“As a company that lives by its Mission and Values, PlayCore created the Hero Award to honor people who have made a career of giving back selflessly, with complete dedication to improving the communities they serve,” PlayCore CEO Roger Posacki explains.

Stephens has been a champion on providing the state of California with research-based play spaces that benefit all. The state actively participated in the Healthy Play Initiative, a state-wide collaborative partnership to promote health, delivering 31 new play and recreation spaces to communities since 2015.  Stephens' commitment to improving community health and wellness through the initiative, and the many other ways she promotes health, recreation, and parks in California will ensure active lifestyles for children, families and communities for years to come.

As part of the Hero Award, PlayCore will make a $1,500 donation to Stephens’ charity of choice.

About the PlayCore Hero Award: PlayCore’s Hero award recognizes individuals that make a difference in the recreation profession. The Hero Award embodies servant leadership, those who give selflessly with a goal of improving lives and active behavior in their communities and the world. Their dedication reflects PlayCore’s Mission and Values.

See the past year’s winners or contact us to nominate someone who embodies the values to improve play and recreation.

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