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VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No. 30 July 28, 2021

Meet Your 2022 VRPS President!
On Thursday, July 22, 2021, the VRPS Board of Directors elected Matt Spruill, CPRP, as President of VRPS for 2022.
Matt is a graduate of Christopher Newport University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Hospitality Management. Now in his 20th year in the Parks and Recreation field, Matt has worked in James City County in various positions, New Kent County as Programs and Facilities Manager, and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Recreation and Parks in Colonial Heights where he oversees 4 operational divisions.
In his time with VRPS, he has served on multiple Annual Conference Committees, attended Legislative Days with state lawmakers, participated in the Central Service Area, served on the LTI board for 6 years and is currently working with the Park Operations and Special Event/Marketing Resource Groups, as well as helping the Central Office with Technology related improvements and initiatives.
“As we move forward into next year, I am excited to work with Parks and Recreation professionals around the Commonwealth. It is my goal as your VRPS President to continue offering high quality training, educational opportunities, and networking events to its members”
Congratulations, Matt!
Only 4 more days to submit an Awards Nomination!
August 10th: TR, Inclusion, ADA, Oh My! What You Need to Know!
Do you provide Therapeutic Recreation or Inclusion Services? Do you have a CTRS on staff? Do you have to offer these services? Find out what the Americans with Disabilities Act requires Parks and Recreation agencies to offer and how you can provide the best services possible to your participants with disabilities.
Melody Beck
Recreation Specialist II – Therapeutics, CTRS
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Cathy Orletsky
Senior Recreation Supervisor II Norfolk Parks and Recreation
September 14th: The Trans Community Enjoys Recreation Too:
Gender Equity and Inclusion
Access to public facilities (and the societal priority for diverse, inclusive, and equitable rights of all individuals) has initiated public facility operators to be sensitive and prepared for an all-inclusive culture including transgender populations. This session will cover current procedures, protocols, best practices, and policies necessary to be an all-inclusive operation including transgender employees as well. Attendees will also hear from a transgender panelist who will share their life experiences, insight and terminology, and their perspectives (on transgender issues) of how diverse populations should be treated to ensure the same accessible experiences as any other individuals in a public setting.
Sophie Michaels
Trans speaker/Trainer
Michael Clark, CPRP
Executive Director, Palatine Park District
Register HERE and See Brochure with Topic Details HERE
VRPS Annual Conference
When registering for conference, know what is included in your registration to avoid purchasing unnecessary tickets:
FULL registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Lunch
  • Sunday Keynote Banquet
  • Tuesday Business Meeting
  • Tuesday Awards Ceremony
  • All Socials
SUNDAY registration includes:
  • JMU Facility Tour
  • Education Sessions
  • VRPS Service Area Meetings
MONDAY registration includes:
  • Education sessions
  • VRPS Resource Group Meetings
  • Exhibit Hall Lunch
TUESDAY registration includes:
  • Education sessions
  • Business Meeting
  • Awards Ceremony
SCHEDULE is subject to change.
  • STUDENT registration includes all educational sessions. Exhibit Hall, Socials and Meal Functions are not included.
Kings Dominion Good Any Day Tickets
Would you like to offer discounted tickets to your local residents? Taking youth on a field trip? To participate as a Consignment Ticket Agency, complete and submit a “Member Ticket Program Authorization Form“. Then complete an order form and email to Tickets will be shipped to you or you can arrange to pick them up from the VRPS office.
CPSI and Playground Maintenance Courses: In-Person This Fall!
Early Bird Rate Deadline is 7/31/2021
Click on flyer for printable pdf
Grant Opportunity
Get rewarded for your park and recreation tennis programs! USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is awarding $132,000 in grants through the Grow the Game Grant program. If you offer entry-level tennis programs for new or returning tennis players, you may qualify. Grants help defray the costs associated with delivering quality entry-level programs and can cover:
·        Coaching costs
·        Tennis balls and teaching equipment (tubes, carts, hoppers)
·        Cleaning/sanitizing efforts (i.e. disposable gloves, disinfectant, cleaning equipment)
Funding is first come, first serve and will be determined based on a variety of factors, including the number of new and returning players that participate in an eligible program between May 1st and November 1st, 2021. Additionally, USTA Mid-Atlantic is offering bonus incentives for meeting Mid-Atlantic Section specific benchmarks.
The application is open now through October 1, 2021; however, funding is going quickly. Visit Tennis Industry United to apply today.