Richard LaRue, president of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR), has awarded PlayCore with an AAPAR Presidential Citation. As one of AAPAR’s PAR Three consultants, PlayCore collaborated with AAPAR to produce the popular curriculum Play On! Playground Learning Activities for Youth Fitness.
This year, AAPAR and PlayCore are teaming up to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. "We wanted to show our appreciation for PlayCore’s partnership with AAPAR on the Play On! program and their dedication to enriching childhood through play," LaRue said.
Play On! promotes overall fitness, learning, and fun through six key elements of play that support physical activity, help to develop wellness habits, and meet national standards.
The award was presented during AAPAR’s General Session & Keynote Address on April 2, 2009, at this year’s American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention & Exposition in Tampa, FL. Lisa Moore, PlayCore’s Vice President for Corporate Strategic Services, accepted the citation on behalf of PlayCore.
"We’re excited to be working with PlayCore in promoting the Play On! program, and it dovetails nicely with our new Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play," Mariah Burton Nelson, executive director of AAPAR, said. "We’re confident that the Play On! program will help children reconnect with their love of creative and healthful play."