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. 

This award is not awarded to employees or retirees in the parks and recreation profession.  

Nominator must be a current CPRS member.  This category has an entry fee of $65.

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.

As the award nominator, you will be responsible for payment and arrangements for any recognition, such as ticket(s) to attend the CPRS Awards Banquet. Please contact the Professional and Service Awards Chair for more information. CPRS will provide one plaque or award per award entry.

Additional awards may be purchased from CPRS. Please contact the Professional and Service Awards Chair for more information.

Evaluation Criteria

In narrative format, please tell us 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.

Use these Tips and Award Winning Strategies to ensure your nomination is award worthy!

Required Additional Submittals

  1. Entry description used for award presentation [75 word maximum].
  2. 1 - 2 photos [1 MB] labeled with nominee name and nominator name.

Award Chair

Marie Knight, City of Orange

Click here to submit an entry