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 SRU Physical Education Faculty Member Named to PE4Life Award 




May 4, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;


    SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – For promoting physical education on a national level and creating a new outreach program at Slippery Rock University, physical education faculty member Randy Nichols has received the Excellence in Advocacy-Education award from PE4Life.

           “Randy Nichols’ teaching values exemplify PE4life values,” said Anne Flannery, president and chief executive officer of PE4life, a nonprofit organization promoting daily exercise for children.  “Randy has incorporated the PE4life Training Manual as a required text for his graduate-level classes and created a class on the use of technology in physical education, including pedometers, heart rate monitors and fitness assessment programs.  He ideally represents what we need to achieve our mission:  college faculty members who are committed to teaching the next generation of physical educators a health-and-wellness-based approach to physical education.”

The PE4life Excellence in Advocacy-Education award goes to individuals or organizations that have worked to advance the cause of physical education in the education field on a local, state or national level, she said.

Nichols, assistant professor of physical education, was honored for developing “Make A Change” at SRU. The project requires students to promote physical education in their home school districts by identifying barriers and pursuing grants to develop expanded programs for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized with this award,” said Nichols.  “Each year my primary goal is to prepare my students to play a part in providing opportunities for others to become physical activity enthusiasts and to lead healthy, active lives.  PE4life has been a driving force for me, providing numerous resources and educational opportunities for my students.”

Nichols was honored, along with other award winners, during the National PE Day Awards Dinner, held in Washington, D.C.

           Nichols, a faculty member at SRU for 10 years, teaches fitness education, assessment strategies, health-related fitness education and assessment and supervises student teaching. He is SRU’s assistant baseball coach and an SRU graduate.

        #PR, PN



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