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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.



Summer Leader

June 1, 2019

Woodburn, OR


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

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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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