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The Centre Region
selected by
Sports Illustrated &
the National Recreation & Park Assn. as
Pennsylvania's Sportstown"
August 20, 2003

Read the 20 Aug 2003 News Release from Sports Illustrated (PDF format)

"CRPR At A Glance". . .  a 1-page Fact Sheet about CRPR (PDF format).

Visit the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Award Website

View the CRPR application that was submitted (PDF format).(File size: 181 KB).

Centre Region Parks & Recreation, in cooperation with Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau and Penn State University, prepared and submitted an application packet and a Centre Region sports videotape in April. The nationwide competition was sponsored as part of the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated, in cooperation with the National Recreation & Park Assn., to select and recognize one "Sportstown" community in each state.

Sportstown Award Ceremony Photos - 30 Aug 2003

The award was officially presented during Penn State Football halftime ceremonies at Beaver Stadium on 30 Aug 2003 (photo above). The photo images were provided by The Sports Section, Inc. of Huntingdon, PA.

Presenting the award sign:
Brad Young, Sports Illustrated's Director of Editorial Projects (and Penn State alumnus)
Susan Potts, Community Outreach Specialist for the National Recreation & Park Assn.

To accept the honor:
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell
Dennis Hameister, Chair of the Centre Region Council of Governments General Forum
Ronald J. Woodhead, Director of Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Shirley Smith, Director of Sales for the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Representing the Centre Region were some of the outstanding sports volunteers who work with the organizations that help make the Centre Region a great home for sports:
Frank Gallagher III - Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Marty Bradley - Centre Soccer Association
Jeff Powers - Centre County Baseball League
J. R. Vratarich - Boalsburg Girls Soccer
Melissa Hicks - State College Little Lion Wrestling
Steve Gentry - Penn State Athletics
Sam Phillips - State College Little League
Chris Crispell - State College YMCA
Dean Amick - Amateur Softball Association
Frank Petulla - State College RE-MAX Baseball
Katherine Genovese - Second Mile
Mike Greathouse - State College Co-ed Softball
Len Stefanko - Centre Sluggers Baseball
Cathy Prosek - Centre County Special Olympics
Joe Ostrowski - State College Babe Ruth

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities since 1966. The Authority also maintains 501c3 status.
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