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ORPA's Section for Programming Interests & Recreational Sports (SPRINT-RSS) provides training, networking, and information for park and recreation professionals who create and develop recreational and leisure classes, programs, activities, special events, and field trips.  This section also provides education and training for professionals who focus on youth and adult recreational sports.

Contact Jesse Cuomo, SPRINT-RSS president, to learn more about the section and to get involved.


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In 2017, SPRINT/RSS collaborated with ORPA's Older Adult Resources Section (SOAR) to offer a training session titled “Round Trip Recreation” to focus on the latest & greatest in social media trends, DIY sponsorship and customer retention/customer service. SPRINT/RSS is offering a "Spring Training Workshop" for recreational sports professionals. See below for information. On June 10th, SPRINT/RSS will offer its annual training for leaders of summer camps and programs, designed to get summer program leaders and entry level staff prepared for the summer season.

In late 2016, SPRINT joined forces with the Recreational Sports Section (RSS) to offer networking and training opportunities for recreation staff organizing leagues, sporting events and recreational sport programs.

In 2016 RSS held its Annual Meeting on October 5th, at Avery Park in Corvallis. The meeting included a round-table discussion on female sports participation, an update on the recreational liability immunity issue as it pertains to sports facilities, a discussion of the future of youth sports including inter-agency leagues and standardization of rules.



Led by Cydny Fletcher of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, SPRINT/RSS affiliates typically include recreation programmers and supervisors, youth and teen coordinators, special event organizers, community center managers, camp providers, and others who provide recreation services.

  • President: Cydny Fletcher
  • President-Elect: Jesse Cuomo
  • Secretary: POSITION OPEN
  • At-large Director: Melissa Tierney
  • At-large Director: Anthony Markey 
  • At-large Director: Craig Ward
  • At-large Director: Robert Thornburg

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Find resources, and share your resources!  Access the SPRINT/RSS Resource Directory.

The Event Experience Workshop

The following resources were provided by speakers from the 2018 The Event Experience Workshop. Please feel free to download resources for your professional use.

Planning Events: Start to Finish

Kim Lyddane from Willamalane was generous enough to provide us with a wonderful presentation covering all aspects of planning an event and the intensity of everything involved.  This presentation is a great reference for anyone with any sized event in parks and recreation.

Additional Resources

Using a Master Task List - Use this link to see how Kim and her team use a Google Doc planning document.

Event Tracking Template - For you!  For Free!  Try out this template so you can schedule out and plan your own events.

Adaptive Events: How to Throw an All Inclusive Event

Andy Fernandez has expertise in planning inclusive events and has served as the co-chair for the Eugene08 and TrackTown12 Accessibility and Equity Committees at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene.  His presentation dives into the details of considering inclusion in special events.


Peer Pressure Really Works (and other fun marketing tips!)

Ben and Sarah really engaged us with their expertise in marketing in a public agency. Whether we were jealous of their amazing marketing, or simply in awe, there is a lot to be learned.

2017 Summer Leader Training

The following resources were provided by speakers from the 2017 Summer Leader Training.  Please feel free to download resources for your professional use.


Staff Coaching Card

by Meredith Schwartz, Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District

This document was produced to help P&R staff and leaders work with camp staff to develop leadership skills.  Used in conjunction with being a good mentor, this document is intended to identify specific challenges and successes demonstrated by the mentee.  For more information about being a Mentor vs. Manager, check out Meredith Schwartz's presentation.


Parent Communication

Cydny Fletcher, LOPRD

Cydny gave tips & advice on how to build your relationships with parents, communicate effectively when campers have behavioral issue, and how to earn the support of a stubborn grown up.  

This presentation was offered for the leadership track.

Dynamic Intros & Circle Time

Cydny Fletcher, LOPRD

It's your first line of defense against a chaotic camp: INTROS.  Learn to go over rules, expectations and ice breakers in a way that keeps a camper's attention but sets up the week for FUN.

This presentation was offered for the entry level track.

Mentor vs. Manager

Meredith Schwartz, THPRD

Focus on how to be a mentor vs. manager when supervising summer camp staff.  Learn how to help newer staff feel more confident and proficient in their roles as counselors without hand-holding or "helicoptering"

This presentation was offered for the leadership track.




SPRINT Leadership Award

The SPRINT Leadership Award is designed for recreation professionals who have shown outstanding leadership in their programs. This person could be a new addition to your team who is bringing fresh and innovative ideas to your agency or a veteran who has grown programs over time!

Last year, SPRINT merged with the Sports Section (RSS) so we are welcoming nominations in both fields!

Who is Eligible?

Any ORPA member who works in the field of recreation, programming, or sports.

How Do I Nominate Someone?

It's easy!

  1. Email Cydny Fletcher the Name, Title, and Agency of the person you are nominating. Include a brief explanation of why you think this person has earned the award.
  • Feel free to include any stories, anecdotes, peer feedback or program data to support your nomination.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 31.

Then What Happens?

  1. Mid-October: Nominators will be notified if their nominee won.
  2. November 5: Award is presented to winner during the SPRINT/RSS Section meeting at the ORPA Annual Conference in Sunriver, Oregon.
  3. Award winners receive a commemorative plaque with their name engraved and they become part of a heritage of accomplished recreation programmers.

We encourage you to invite your nominee to accept the award at our SPRINT/RSS Section meeting during the conference.


NEW!  Young Professional Awards

In 2018 we introduced two new awards in order to recognize the amazing achievements and leadership of incoming and emerging leaders.  It is our hope that we can introduce new professionals into a fun and exciting industry of parks and recreation and cultivate our leaders of tomorrow.

SPRINT Emerging Leader Award (Ages 18-24)

This award is for new or returning staff who show outstanding leadership in a camp or youth program setting.

SPRINT Spotlight Award (All Ages)

This award is for new or returning staff who have shown incomparable dedication, ingenuity, leadership, and creativity in a recreation program or setting.


Awards were presented at the 2018 SPRINT Summer Leader workshop on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

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