AAPAR Award Recipient Profile
|Council:||Adapted Physical Activity Council|
|Profile:||West Chester University
Dr. Lepore’s name is synonymous with Adapted Aquatics. She has spent her career working with individuals with disabilities and adapted aquatics, as an instructor, professor, scholar, program director, and/or advocate. She is currently a Professor of Adapted Physical Education, Adapted Aquatics, and General Aquatics at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She also serves as Director of Aquatics at Camp Abilities, for children who are blind and deafblind, during the summer. Her ability to coordinate the summer aquatics program and instruct the children is amazing. After assessing each child (usually 50 or more), she puts them in groups and writes individuals lesson plans for EACH child for EACH day for the entire week of camp. She is also the author of Adapted Aquatics Programming which is the text used for the master teacher in adapted aquatics course. In addition, Monica has won several awards, most notably a service award from the Down Syndrome Foundation of Pennsylvania and the International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Monica has also served on numerous state, regional, and national committees, most recently as chair of the Adapted Aquatics Council of AAPAR. She is a wonderful role model to her students, bringing them to conferences, workshops, and programs which promote the physical education of children with disabilities.