At the March 2005 annual conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), two internationally-known APA leaders received major awards. Both were members of the AAHPERD division known as AAPAR (American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation), which includes APAC (Adapted Physical Activity Council). Both also had made many international contributions.
Dr David Beaver, Founder and Editor of Palaestra: Forum of Sport, Physical Education, & Recreation for Those With Disabilities, received the Luther Halsey Gulick Award, considered by many the highest honor conferred by AAHPERD. Dr Beaver founded Palaestra in 1984, the same year that Human Kinetics founded APAQ. Dr Beaver spent childhood years in China with his missionary parents, earned his doctoral degree at Springfield University in Massachusetts (known as a YMCA international center), and spent most of his university teaching career at Western Illinois University in Macomb, where he instituted APE/APA courses and degree plans. Now retired from teaching, Dave and his wife Phyllis devote their lives to extending the APA knowledge base. For more information on his scholarly journal, see www.palaestra.com
Dr Maria Kosma, whose home country is Greece, received the Mabel Lee Award (the highest honor a young scholar can receive from AAHPERD). Maria earned her doctoral degree with an APA specialization from Oregon State University with Professors Jeff McCubbin and Joonkoo Yun, both of whom are members of the APAQ Editorial Board. Maria served as IFAPA Board Student Representative in the years before Dr So-Yeun Kim (Korea, now at Northern Illinois University) served. Maria now teaches at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and publishes research frequently.