SPARK Co-Founder to Receive Highest Award from SHAPE America


Thomas L. McKenzie, Professor Emeritus in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State, will be receiving the highest award given by SHAPE America at the 133rd National Convention & Expo in Nashville on March 23, 2018. The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal honors those who have devoted their lives to accomplishment, innovation and leadership in the study of Physical Education.

Thomas McKenzie’s expertise in both physical education and physical activity has been a crucial part of the latest cutting edge research on providing children and youth with quality physical education programming.

Serving both as a former school physical education and health teacher, coach, and administrator, Thomas McKenzie has worked with diverse populations of students and athletes. As a fellow of four professional organizations: SHAPE America Research, American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Kinesiology, and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Professionals, Thomas has shared influential research with thousands of physical activity experts and educators throughout his career.

Thomas McKenzie is a co-founder of the world’s most researched and field-tested physical education program, SPARK. Several programs are available to fit the needs of Physical Education, Early Childhood, After School, Coordinated School Health teachers, and more. The standards-based content is a valuable resource for educators looking to provide students with high quality physical and health education.

The prestigious award will be given at the Hall of Fame Banquet, co-sponsored by School Specialty’s Sportime featuring SPARK, on Friday, March 23. The SHAPE America National Convention & Expo will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, from March 20-24.

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