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  • 11 Apr 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2016 Young Professionals Lunch and Learn

     Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Emporia Recreation Commission
    313 W 4th Avenue
    Emporia, KS 66801
    (Planet Sub lunch provided if you RSVP.)

    2016 Summer Hiring Trends

    Professionals: Join us a learn recruiting strategies and network with fellow professionals.
    Students: Join us and discover protential summer jobs & internships and meet protential employers. 

    RSVP to Sean Thomas at sthomas@cityofshawnee.org.

    Click here to learn more about being a Young Professional Committee member.

  • 18 Feb 2016 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the date! The KRPA Golf Tournament will be held August 26, 2016. More information to come.

  • 10 Feb 2016 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!

  • 01 Feb 2016 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 12 Jan 2016 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    Concussion Summit:

    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.

  • 05 Oct 2015 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.


  • 18 Sep 2015 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Healthy Fun on State Parks Day

    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. 

  • 30 Jun 2015 3:47 PM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 16 Jun 2015 10:10 AM | Deleted user

    Registration is open until September 24, 2015 for the KRPA Golf Tournament at 
    St. Andrews Golf Course in Overland  Park, KS.

    Registration Fee:

    $75.00 per player / $300 per Team

    Hole Sponsorship Only  - $150
    Hole Sponsorship with a Team - $450

    Register Here

    Questions?  Email Bonnie Simon 

  • 27 Apr 2015 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Three youth sports administrators from Kansas have become founding members of the CYSA Leadership Committee.

    •   Ryan Dalton, recreation director, Wellsville Joint Recreation Commission
    •   Chris Nelson, youth sports supervisor, Manhattan Parks and Recreation
    •   Ricci Tucker, sports director, Winfield Recreation Commission
    Congrats to Chris, Ricci and Ryan! We anticipate great things to come from this committee to further promote the need for education and professional standards of those overseeing youth sports programs and also help guide policy and standards in youth sports programming and administration.
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