Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Encouraging a Nation to Be Active: Sheila Franklin Works to Keep Americans Moving

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Encouraging a Nation to Be Active: Sheila Franklin Works to Keep Americans Moving

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Name: Sheila Franklin

Title: Director of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

Member since: 1997

Now more than ever, Sheila Franklin's work is relevant to the health of an entire country. She's the current director of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, an organization that partners with public and private entities (including NRPA) to promote physical activity in Americans. Her most recent post is a natural progression from the park and recreation field, where she served as a recreation supervisor in Wheaton, Ill., and the executive director of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) for 11 years. Franklin twice received MRPA's Presidential Recognition Award.

Influences:

"My freshman resident advisor at Indiana University was one of the biggest influences on my work. I was struggling in my freshman year to find a major and she suggested therapeutic recreation, which I had never heard of. She knew I liked to play and that I was interested in a 'helping profession.' I ended up with a double emphasis in therapeutic recreation and public parks and administration.

"In terms of life, as cliche as it may sound, my mom has been my greatest influence. She was a school teacher by trade, which was an attitude that always carried over to home. My mom is my single biggest supporter and although we don't always agree, I know I can count on her for anything. When I was a small child in school, I would constantly volunteer her for whatever was needed, and that didn't change as an adult. …

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