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VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No. 31 August 4, 2021

Scholarship Application Now OPEN
James K. Cole Scholarship
This scholarship was developed in memory of James K. Cole, a Parks and Recreation Professional from the City of Virginia Beach, who was dedicated to the profession. As a memorial to his life’s work, an academic scholarship was established in his name.
Purpose: the scholarship is designed to assist junior, senior and graduate students majoring in the Leisure Service field who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
Award: $2,000 towards the cost of undergraduate or graduate education.
Eligibility Requirements:
·        Must have a current grade point average of at least 3.0.
·        Must be have achieved sophomore or junior status at time of application or be a graduate student.
·        Must be pursuing a major in the Leisure Service Field.
·        Must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of application.
·        Must, through follow-up documentation, demonstrate financial need.
Criteria for Selection:
·        Past course work in leisure service field.
·        Financial need.
·        Volunteerism and professional involvement.
·        Quality of reference.
The scholarship application period is August 1 – October 15, 2021
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
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!
Click on flyer for printable pdf
VRPS Annual Conference
New Member Spotlight
Share The Air is a grassroots voluntary policy campaign that advocates for tobacco-free and e-cigarette-free outdoor spaces such as parks, playgrounds, and public events so that Virginians have equitable access to clean and healthy spaces to be active, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. According to the 2010 Surgeon General’s report, secondhand smoke levels in outdoor public places can be as harmful as those found in indoor facilities where smoking is permitted. Furthermore, secondhand smoke and aerosol from e-cigarettes and other vape products can cause serious health issues such as heart attacks in those who are at risk, and are common triggers for asthma attacks. Tobacco and e-cigarette use in outdoor places also creates litter that is not only unsightly but poses significant health and environmental hazards. Creating tobacco-and e-cigarette free public spaces will help to improve the health of our families and communities and ensure an even cleaner outdoor experience for Virginians.