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CWU Professor Receives National Association For Sport and Physical Education Award

Steve Jefferies, Central Washington University physical education professor, received the Joy of Effort Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. 

The award honors Jefferies’ distinguished service, dedication, and commitment to improving physical education and sport. Jefferies teaches in CWU’s Department of Physical Education, School and Public Health and is a former NASPE president.  
Mary Jo Sariscsany, NASPE past president, said, “The Joy of Effort [award] is given in recognition of those individuals who, by performance and style, have personified the concept that the effort made to enrich the goals and objectives of physical education and sport is a labor of love, inspired by commitment and dedication.”  
Lynn Couturier, a fellow NASPE past president, added. “During his term, his sense of humor, boundless energy, and ability to ensure tasks were completed made him a very effective leader. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of his presidency was the genesis of the idea for PE2020 as well as its implementation. The PE2020 initiative offered an opportunity for all voices to participate in defining the direction of, and developing solutions for, our profession’s next generation of professionals.” 
Jefferies received the award during NASPE’s Hall of Fame Banquet during the 128th American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention last month in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Jefferies is also well known for for physical education teachers. The monthly e-magazine has been in existence for more than a decade and continues to be a valuable resource for current and future physical educators.
In addition, he has published more than thirty scholarly articles—including in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Quest; and the International Journal of Physical Education—and has four books to his credit, as well as several DVDs. He has given more than eighty presentations at professional conferences and conducted more than fifteen workshops, clinics, and in-service trainings.
Jefferies has earned several other awards including the NASPE Presidential Award, AAHPERD Honor Award, and CWU’s Distinguished Professor Award for Public Service.
Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

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