Brenda Sharp Wins 2011 JRFH Recognition Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RESTON, VA, January 24, 2011 – The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) has awarded Brenda K. Sharp, physical educator at Goddard Academy in Goddard, KS, with the 2011 Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) Recognition Award. Ms. Sharp was selected to receive the 2011 JRFH Recognition Award for her many years of outstanding service to the JRFH program at both local and national levels. The award highlights extraordinary leadership by physical educators in the promotion of the Jump Rope For Heart program.
Brenda K. Sharp has surpassed the expectations for Jump Rope For Heart. Between 1999 and 2010, Ms. Sharp’s Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) and Hoops For Heart (HFH) events generated nearly $50,000 to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). After serving on the Kansas Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) Executive Committee, in 2006 she became Chair of KAHPERD’s Joint Projects Committee, strengthening the partnership between KAHPERD and the AHA. Ms. Sharp routinely submits articles to KAHPERD’s journals and newsletters and was published in the AAHPERD newsletter, The Pulse. Her professional commitment is further demonstrated by her active involvement in various district, state and national events.
In addition to the 2011 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart Recognition Award, Brenda Sharp has also received the Young Professional Award, Exemplary Elementary School Merit Award, JRFH Coordinator of the Year, and the Vicki J. Worrell Service Award.
Ms. Sharp will be honored as a recipient of the 2011 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart Recognition Award at the AAHPERD Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 31 at the 2011 AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition in San Diego, California.
Founded in 1978 by the American Heart Association and AAHPERD, the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs have provided millions of dollars to cardiovascular research and the fight against heart disease and stroke. These school-site fundraising programs educate children on the importance of physical activity and diet in maintaining heart health for life. Proceeds aid individuals struggling with heart defects, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.With the growing rate of childhood obesity and heart disease at the forefront of national discourse, the efforts of quality health and physical educators are more important than ever.