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VRPS E-Update: Vol 18 No. 32 August 11, 2021

Resource Groups and Service Areas – Share Your News
Share your meeting news, upcoming events, goals, and even a photo or two! You can provide a block for the weekly E-update (send to by COB on Mondays for inclusion in the Wednesday e-newsletter) OR submit an article to be included in the August magazine (send to Amy-Jo Hendrix at by this Friday).
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
Health & Wellness Resource Group
The Health & Wellness Resource Group is suitable for facility managers, fitness programmers, and all recreation professionals who would like to learn more about providing health and wellness programming and services. Recent meeting topics include employee wellness programs, trends in activity and class areas since lockdown was lifted, childcare programs, and instructor pay structures. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 2nd at 10 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.
Email Julie Frederickson at for more information, or to submit a topic of discussion for the upcoming meeting.
CPRP & CPRE Renewal Extension Updates
NRPA and the National Certification Board will provide a 6 month extension upon request for all Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRP) and Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification holders whose certification expires September 1, 2021. This extension would update a September 1, 2021 expiration to March 1, 2022. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March for future certification renewals. Certified professionals who have already received an extension from March 1, 2021 to September 1, 2021, are not eligible for an additional extension unless granted through appeal. Eligible parties may request an extension online through the My NRPA tab in their NRPA Profile (at by November 30, 2021. Certified professionals should email for more information.
CPSI and Playground Maintenance Courses: In-Person This Fall!
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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
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