The Annual Award is in recognition of an Adapted Physical Education Teacher which exemplifies the professional characteristics personified by Dr. Lee N. Burkett.
Dr. Burkett was a member of the Arizona Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for over 25 years. His duties included the Adapted Physical Education Vice President, Journal Editor, Research Chair, AzHPERD President, and was a recipient of our highest peer recognition, the ‘Honor Award’.
He established the Adapted Physical Education section within the Physical Education Department at Arizona State University and its continued existence is a testimony to his efforts.
His research produced legitimacy for the programs in the elementary, junior high and high school settings. His tireless pursuit of support included a myriad of community-based programs. This was not restricted to the state of Arizona, but national in scope. The National programs he was instrumental in validating include I CAN and PEOPEL (Physical Education Opportunities for Exceptional Learners).
The following attributes must be overly displayed by the professional receiving this award:
- Adapted physical educator in Arizona for more than ten years
- Established volunteer work within the community
- Donation of time and energy outside of the responsibility of duty to further the field of Adapted Physical Education. Some examples would include: Special Olympics, recreational pursuits, advocacy work with the legislators, etc.
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