HAMPTON, Va. –Several Hampton University students will be receiving awards at the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) convention on November 10, 2018.
“Congratulations to these bright students for receiving and being recognized for these awards. They will no doubt go far in their respective fields. These are Hamptonians who embraced their education and these awards show that dedication,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Tiffani Williams, senior, Kinesiology major from Newport News, VA, will be receiving the 2018 Outstanding Athlete- Team Sport award. Williams is graduating from Hampton University this December but wants to continue her education to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is currently a member of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, as well as the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. “Thank you for the opportunity for this award. My family and I will be attending the awards ceremony and I am excited to receive it,” Williams said.
The awards ceremony starts at 4:00 p.m. on November 10, 2018 at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach, VA. A reception will follow the ceremony.
Marcus Doyle, junior, from North Hollywood, CA, will be receiving the VAHPERD Outstanding Majors Award for showing outstanding personal qualities, high ideals, good scholarship, and professional ethics. The award is given to those majoring in health, physical education, recreation, and/or dance. Doyle will also become a member of VAHPERD at the time of receiving the award. Doyle is currently in AROTC, Kinesiology Club, and the vice president of Phi Epsilon Kappa at Hampton University. “I want to go to Baylor University for their Doctor of Physical Therapy program after graduating from Hampton and become a physical therapist as an officer in the United States Army. I am grateful for being recognized for this award,” Doyle said.
“Dr. David Hunter, Dr. Rodney Gaines and Ms. Stacey Privett, as our Kinesiology faculty, have worked hard with our students to ensure the academic and professional success of our majors. The awards are a reflection of a great collaborative effort between students and faculty in the department,” said Dr. Ralph Charlton, associate professor and chair of the Hampton University Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
VAHPERD is a professional association of educators that advocate quality program opportunities in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and sport. They seek to facilitate professional growth of its members through current research, best educational practices, and legislation that will impact the profession.
“Hampton University, through its Kinesiology major, provides students with the opportunity to take on versatile careers in physical therapy, doctors, sports medicine, athletic trainers, etc. With the addition of the new Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors fraternity in our HPER department, our students are now equipped with both academic and leadership skills to be top professionals in the field upon graduation,” said Dr. Rodney Gaines, assistant professor for the Hampton University Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. “Students are being awarded for not only academics, but their leadership skills in service learning, fundraising, networking, and administrative excellence.” Dr. Gaines will be receiving the 2018 College/University Physical Educator of the Year award at the ceremony.
The following is a list of Hampton University students receiving awards at the ceremony: