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Michael Vaughn - 2010 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart Coordinator of the Year Award Winner
Michael Vaughn has been named one of two 2010 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart Coordinator of the Year Award winners. Michael is a physical educator, Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart state coordinator for Tennessee AHPERD, and a small business owner. He received a B.S. in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984. That same year, he began his teaching career in Manatee County, Florida, and has been teaching at Black Fox Elementary School in Murfreesboro, TN, since 1990. He received a M.S. in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995.
Conducting Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) events for 26 years, Michael coached the "Hot Ropes" jump rope team at Bashaw Elementary School in Bradenton, Florida for five years, and a JRFH Demonstration Team at Black Fox Elementary School for 15 years. Additionally, Michael served on the Tennessee JRFH Task Force, and the TAHPERD Executive Board. His JRFH Demonstration team, the "Hot Shots Fitness Team", traveled to more than 100 schools across Tennessee, demonstrated at two AAHPERD Conventions, and numerous community events. As a member of the TAHPERD Executive Board, Michael served as Joint Projects Coordinator, Jump Rope For Heart Coordinator, and Hoops For Heart Coordinator. He brought top professionals from across the U.S. to the TAHPERD Convention each year, conducted many jump rope camps and workshops, and presented at the Tennessee, Alabama, and Southern District Conventions. Michael has received the TAHPERD Presidential Award, TAHPERD JRFH Award, been nominated for Tennessee Elementary Teacher of the Year, and received local recognition for his service to students.
Michael is most proud of his involvement with JRFH Demonstration Teams and his partnership with the American Heart Association and their fight against heart disease and stroke. He started the annual Fall JRFH Demonstration Team Workshop for Tennessee Teams where he brought in top teams and coaches from across the country to conduct the workshops in an effort to place effective, highly skilled demonstration teams in front of thousands of students across the state. Michael has published articles in the TN TAHPERD Newsletter, the "The PULSE", and sent Joint Project news alerts to media across Tennessee each year to promote events. He is also the school coordinator for Coordinated School Health at Black Fox Elementary School.
Michael has always been active from playing several sports as a child to playing Baseball in high school to coaching the 1986 Palmetto High School (Florida) girls to the AA State Volleyball Championship. He continues to be active with his wife Debbie as they enjoy working on their farm in the beautiful hills of Tennessee where they own the Old Feed Store Antique Mall in the small town of Woodbury. Michael has also been section hiking the Appalachian Trail for eight years.