Service Award of Excellence
Champion of the Community

The Champion of the Community award honors and recognizes individuals or organizations who have contributed significant effort to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks and recreation.  This statewide award recognizes the contributions of those who volunteer and provide support and services in their community that furthers the mission and quality delivery of park and recreation services, programs and facilities in their community.

Congratulations and a heartfelt THANK YOU to our
2017 Champions of the Community!

Barbie Butz, City of Atascadero
Beta Theta Omicron, City of South San Francisco
Carol Lopez Lucie, City of San Ramon
City of Berkeley Parks & Waterfront Commission, City of Berkeley 
Victoria Leggette-Johnson and Coronada King-Haywood, Women in Action Reaching Out
Jefferey A Nichelini, DDS, MS, City of American Canyon
Dr Joyce Blueford, Math Science Nucleus, City of Fremont
Gloria Sanchez, City of Menifee
Jay Adamson, Bear River Recreation & Park District
LA Dodgers Dream Foundation, Los Angeles County
Riverside Live Steamers, City of Riverside
The Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation, Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District

Check out photos from our Awards Banquet here!

A special note to Nominators: 

We encourage you to additionally recognize your Champion of the Community Award recipient in your community through recognition at public meetings or gatherings, CPRS District and Section events, news media, and other opportunities.

Additional awards may be purchased from CPRS. Please contact Awards Chair Ann Dunleavy for more information.


Evaluation Criteria

This award is based on the accomplishments and contributions of the nominee including any or all of the following elements:

  • Record of outstanding volunteer, elected or appointed service to the delivery of park and recreation services or programs in their community;
  • Contributions to the development of or improvements to new equipment, apparatus, facilities or programs that enhance the provision of parks and recreation services;
  • Creation of positive and meaningful impact or change for the community, and those that are served, through park and recreation services and programs;
  • Response to a significant challenge in their community and their innovative, responsive and proactive approach in developing solutions to those challenges.