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The Legends Program creates and shares video interviews of distinguished administrators, educators, citizen advocates and policy makers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Parks and Recreation. Designed to inspire innovation, promote professional development and foster leadership in the field, the Legends videos share personal backgrounds, professional insights, advice and philosophical beliefs. Each video is approximately 30 minutes in length and is available online and in DVD format.
Through one-on-one interviews, administrators, educators, citizen advocates and policymakers share stories about their contributions to the profession. The interview records the Legend's personal background, professional insights, advice and philosophical beliefs.
The Academy's Legends of Parks and Recreation Program was initiated by Robert Toalson in 1981. Through the years more than 100 interviews have been recorded including such notables as Dr. Edith Ball, Conrad Wirth, Robert Crawford, William Penn Mott, Patricia Delaney, Charles Jordan, Ford Hughes, Karla Henderson, Ira Hutchinson, Fran Mainella, Leon Younger, John McGovern and Robert Stanton. Early videos are 45 minutes in length. Newer videos are now approximately 30 minutes in length. Legends videos are currently being moved to a new platform and will be available for viewing later this year. Additionally, using excerpts from the individual Legends interviews, themed videos have been created, and more are in the works.
Upcoming deadline June of 2022
It is time to honor those individuals who have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to parks, recreation and conservation. Membership in the Academy is NOT required as a nominator or a nominee. Questions? Contact Legends Chair, Linda Lanterman.
To nominate an individual please consider the following criteria when completing the application:
On-going Legend projects are to (1) post the individual interviews online; and (2) create a series of themed videos focused on specific topics.
Four more themed videos are in the works, and sponsors are being sought. For more information, please contact the Academy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.