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The deadline for award nominations is February 18, 2022.

Each year the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) presents the Individual Service Award to recipients who have made significant contributions to the outdoor recreation profession. The award may recognize one specific contribution or a series of contributions. Evaluation criteria include:

  1. Employment as an outdoor recreation professional, which includes, but is not limited to, teaching, training, planning, management, research, policy development, administration, budgeting and finance, legal analysis, writing, publishing, outfitting and guiding, blogging, social media influencer, advocacy, and outdoor product/gear development and sales. 
  2. Outstanding and impactful contributions that demonstrate leadership, problem-solving, innovation, and/or creativity.
  3. Originality and relevance.
  4. Sustainable impact.

SORP is committed to inclusivity, as well as social and environmental justice. We welcome nominations from anyone, and we especially encourage individuals of color, those with tribal affiliation, those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ, veterans, and anyone else inclusively. Our mission is to be the voice of the Outdoor Recreation profession, and we won’t truly be able to achieve that vision without you.

For award questions and/or application assistance, please email Laurel Harkness (laurel.harkness@recpro.org). A reasonable accommodation will be made to extend this opportunity to individuals with disabilities.

SORP will present the awards at the 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Knoxville, TN, May 2-5, 2022. We hope to see you there!

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