President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Announces 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

May 7, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) today paid tribute to the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winners at their annual meeting.  Pioneer of women’s intercollegiate sports Ruth Alexander, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA Kirk Bauer, 9th degree black belt Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee, physical activity activist and educator for special populations Emilio “Dee” DaBramo, and professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Antronette Yancey are this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

“The efforts of these pioneers have been momentous in expanding our nation’s accessibility and passion for health and physical activity,” said Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council.  “These five individuals have been leaders in their respective fields and have selflessly dedicated their careers to promoting healthy, active lifestyles.”

Presented annually since 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Recipients are selected by members of PCFSN based on the span and scope of an individual’s career, the estimated number of lives they have touched, and the impact of their legacy.

2013 PCFSN Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Ruth Alexander, EdD – Dr. Ruth Alexander is Emeritus professor in the University of Florida. She is known for establishing the “Lady Gator Athletic” program, which allowed women to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Dr. Alexander was the first woman who served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as a Council Member, Special Advisor, and Clinician. She is a founding member of the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 1987, she was inducted into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame.

Kirk M. Bauer, JD- Mr. Bauer is the executive director of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) and is widely recognized as a pioneer of adaptive sports in the U.S.  As a disabled Vietnam veteran, Mr. Bauer helps provide sports programs that enable individuals with disabilities, including youth and wounded warriors, to lead active lifestyles. In recognition of his involvement in fitness exercise programs, inclusion initiatives, and adaptive instruction for individuals with disabilities, Mr. Bauer served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 2006 to 2009 and is the recipient of numerous awards for his work and dedication in his field.

Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee- Mr. Lee is a 9th Degree Black Belt who helped spread the martial art of Taekwondo into the United States. He played a formative role in the establishment of the United States Taekwondo Union—later renamed USA Taekwondo—the U.S. National Governing Body of Olympic Taekwondo, and served as president of the organization from 1985 to 1986. He has been a member of the U.S. Olympic Team Services Committee, and also served on the Executive Council of the World Taekwondo Federation. In 1983, he received the David G. Rivenes Award for outstanding leadership and service.

Emilio (“Dee”) DaBramo- Mr. DaBramo has dedicated his life’s work as a teacher, administrator, and international authority figure promoting physical activity among youth and special populations. He served as a member of the Joseph P. Kennedy Special Olympics Advisory Board, and as a clinician for the Special Olympics and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. As President of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD), Mr. DaBramo is also well-recognized for establishing the program called A Place where People Learn Excellence (APPLE), which guided underprivileged students toward a higher education.

Antronette (Toni) Yancey, MD, MPH- Dr. Yancey was a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, as well as the Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. She served on numerous committees and boards, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, the National Physical Activity Plan Steering Committee, and the Board of Directors of the California Public Health Institute. Dr. Yancey authored over 100 scientific publications, including Instant Recess: How to Build a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time, which encourages all Americans to get active during the day.  

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