NC SHAPE 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.
Members are encouraged to honor and recognize their colleagues by nominating those qualified for an NC SHAPE award. Nominations can be made by filling out the appropriate form and submitting it with the required information. Please note that each award has specific criteria and nomination procedures.
Most nominees must be NC SHAPE members in order to be considered for an Alliance or Association award. However, certain awards such as the Principal and Superintendent of the Year Awards do not require membership. Finally, for one to be eligible for competition beyond the state level, award recipients must also be members of SHAPE America.
If you are interested in nominating a person for an Alliance or Association award, or if you want to apply for a grant or scholarship, please use the links below to either submit the nomination form or view the award criteria and application details.
Award Nominations Deadline: The deadline for all awards, except Student Majors of the Year, is May 1 of the current year. The deadline for Student Majors of the Year is October 1.
Background: NC SHAPE's highest award is given to persons of high moral character and personal integrity who, by their leadership and industry, have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of Athletics, Health Education, Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Dance and/or Sport Management in the state. Recipients must be members of NC SHAPE.
Edgar W. Hooks Jr. / Robert Reid Blackburn Young Professional Award
Background: Awarded to current members of less than 39 years of age for demonstrated outstanding potential in at least two of the following areas: teaching, scholarly productivity, and professional service, as reflected by publications, awards, or other recognition for achievement in teaching, coaching, performing, or administration. Recipients must be members of NC SHAPE.
Background: Acknowledges exceptional contributions to the Alliance and recognizes singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and mission of NC SHAPE that set the individual apart, even above other dedicated members of NC SHAPE. Recipients do not have to be members of NC SHAPE.
Background: Recognizes persons or organizations for affecting educational policy and legislation through effective advocacy at the local, state and/or national levels. Recipients do not have to be members of NC SHAPE.
Background: The Friends Foundation Grant funds worthy projects and endeavors of NC SHAPE members and prioritizes applications that benefit NC SHAPE as a whole. Recipients must be members of NC SHAPE.
Teachers and Educators of the Year Awards require the nominee to submit additional supporting documents. The nominee will be emailed a link to an application form where the documents may be uploaded.
NC Healthy Schools Superintendent of the Year
(nominated & selected by NCDPI personnel)
Dance Education Teacher of the Year
(K-12 not as a subject within a Physical Education program)
Friend of Adapted Physical Education Award
Background: The Friend of Adapted Physical Education Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated sustained advocacy for Adapted Physical Education by continually promoting quality adapted physical education and equal access across the continuum of services for students with disabilities in North Carolina. This award recognizes a general physical education teacher, exceptional children teacher, teacher assistant, administrator, university professor, or general community member. The recipient has demonstrated sustained support of students with disabilities learning the skills necessary to remain physically active and pursuing meaningful lifetime leisure and recreation in their communities.