NCAAHPERD-SM recognizes outstanding teaching and professional involvement by selecting and honoring teachers and/or professionals of the year in several categories. In some instances, those receiving such recognition advance to compete for similar honors in the SHAPE Southern District. If chosen for the Southern District award, the honoree competes for the national award, which is presented at the national SHAPE Convention.
The Friends of NCAAHPERD-SM was established in 1989 to raise funds for worthwhile projects of the NCAAHPERD-SM membership. Each year Friends awards a number of grants to individuals or groups that propose worthy projects that promote the interests or vision of NCAAHPERD-SM. The grants are presented at the NCAAHPERD-SM Convention in November.