Amazing People Awards

 are given by Zones and Sections to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the profession. The Amazing People Awards are presented at the Annual Conference at the Amazing People Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening.

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Awards Criteria

Amazing People Award recipients are selected by the particular Zone or Section.  Current membership in NYS AHPERD is required.

Award Recipient

The 2020 Amazing People are listed below.

Award Recipient History

The Amazing People Award was established in 1995. Previous award recipients are listed below.

2020/21 Section Amazing People

Adapted PE & Sport Section: Theresa Uhelsky
Aquatics Section: Daniel Armstrong
Coaches Section: Stephen Shoults
Council of Administrators (COA): Drew Walker
Dance Education Section: Karen Bonanno
Elementary Physical Education Section: James Hambel
Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness Section: Christine Drago
Future Professionals Section: Dr. Christine Hopple
Health Education Section: Jennifer Mead
Higher Education/Prof Prep Section: Matthew Madden
High School Physical Education Section: Christine Piscopo
Middle School Physical Education Section: Shelly Connors
Recreation/Adventure Education Section: Adam Dwyer
Retirees Section: Wendy O'Connor
Technology Section: Amanda Stallone

2020/21 Zone Amazing People

Capital Zone: Elyse Loughlin
Catskill Zone: Kathleen Young
Central North Zone: Alissa DeBie
Central South Zone: Linda Burghardt
Central Western Zone: Dr. Joseph Winnick (posthumous)
Nassau Zone: Dorothy Niemira
New York City Zone: Dr. Victor Ramsey
Northern Zone: Becky Byrns
Southeastern Zone: Christopher Keenan
Suffolk Zone: Matthew "Dezy" DiStefano (posthumous)
Western Zone: Mai Nguyen

Amazing Person History