We are excited to welcome four new members to our committee!
Adam Richter, Hutchinson Recreation Commission
Shaya Patrick, WYCO/KCK Parks & Recreation
Erin Ritt...er, Fort Riley DFMWR
Justine Smith, Bonner Springs Parks & Recreation
Other committee members are:
Sean Thomas, Chair, Shawnee Parks & Recreation
Adriana Holopirek, Gardner Parks & Recreation
Tegan Meadors, Edgerton Parks & Recreation
Laura Covert, Pittsburgh State University
Jaima Nicholson, Mulvane Recreation Commission
Audrey Gann, Newton Recreation Commission
Jeff Stos, Mulvane Recreation Commission
Tanner Ford, Wellington Recreation Commission
Kate Elliot, Lindsborg Parks & Recreation
Brad Nacarotto, Maize Recreation Commission
Stephen Mason, Lawrence Parks & Recreation
Be on the lookout for information for our next LUNCH & LEARN on APRIL 28th!
The 2016 Midwest Regional Park and Recreation Conference is in Omaha, Nebraska from April 11-12 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. To register for the conference, visit webtrac.cityofomaha.org and search 2016.
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Convention Center: $79.00 nightly rate, Nebraska Recreation & Park Group Rate. Call 402-393-3950, ext 0 to book rooms. Must book by 03/11/16 for group rate.
We have two great workshops happening this spring for one weekend in Manhattan, KS. You will not want to miss them.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) will conduct a special Academy for Youth Sports Administrators in Manhattan on February 29, 2016.
Arm your professional staff with the information, resources and tools necessary to ensure safe and positive youth sports for your programs as well as the programs offered by volunteers/parents within your community.
NAYS one day training allows participants to complete on-site training and then the certification process online. The mission of NAYS seeks to make the sports experience safe, fun and healthy for ALL children, promoting the value and importance of sports and physical activities in the emotional, physical, social and mental development of youth. More information is available on this training at www.nays.org/academy
Pre-Registration is Required. Register here. This course will be offered on Monday, February 29th.
One of the biggest topics in 2015 about sports was concussions. It's been addressed in movies, the media, the pros and the amateurs. Maybe you are wondering what is our role in concussion prevention and youth recreation sports? We are very excited to host a Concussion Summit in Manhattan, KS on March 1, 2016. We will have leading professionals in the athletic and medical field discussing what is a concussion, what is common protocol, concussion resources and ideas for policies to implement in your community. The location for the concussion summit is the Kansas State University Football Stadium (2201 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502.) Cost for Concussion Summit: $20 member and $30 nonmember
Click here to register.
The Kansas Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City have partnered in the awarding of six state healthy community awards.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas sponsors the BlueCHIP Award in every Kansas county except Johnson and Wyandotte. Those two counties fall under the jurisdiction of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. Collectively, the two organizations have demonstrated their support of both parks and recreation in Kansas and of encouraging healthy lifestyles by supporting and sponsoring this meaningful award.
To learn more, visit https://krpa.wildapricot.org/Blue-Chip-Award.
The deadline to apply for a BlueCHIP Award is December 4th. For additional information on the process, email the KRPA Office.
Did you know that you can get into any Kansas State Park for FREE on September 26, 2015?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is teaming up with your Kansas State Parks for Healthy Fun at the State Parks Day. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas knows that healthy outdoor recreation builds longer, happier lives. For example, sharing just an hour of fun activity outdoors can add up to two hours of life expectancy.
Come join us for FREE at a State Park on September 26 to enjoy a day of hiking, biking, boating, camping, wildlife watching or any of a multitude of healthy outdoor activities. For more information click here.
The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that
demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency
recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it
serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.
The Gold Medal Award Program includes seven classes: five classes based upon
population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park
systems in odd numbered years.
Registration is open until September 24, 2015 for the KRPA Golf Tournament at
St. Andrews Golf Course in Overland Park, KS.
$75.00 per player / $300 per Team
Hole Sponsorship Only - $150
Hole Sponsorship with a Team - $450
Questions? Email Bonnie Simon
Three youth sports administrators from Kansas have become founding members of the CYSA Leadership Committee.
Your Exclusive Opportunity to Align Your Brand with Recreation and Park Professionals in Kansas
The Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) is a non-profit, public interest professional organization representing the parks, recreation, and leisure industry in Kansas. We represent nearly 1,000 professional, commercial, agency, board/commission, student and retiree members throughout the state.
The KRPA Corporate Partnership Program Levels are:
OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP $10,000
BUFFALO PARTNERSHIP $5000
SUNFLOWER PARTNERSHIP $3000
WHEAT PARTNERSHIP $1000
COTTONWOOD PARTNERSHIP $650
PO Box 1283
Lawrence, KS 66044