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2019 Gold Medal Application: Armed Forces Recreation - FNL

2019 Gold Medal Application--Armed Forces Recreation
Presented by
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA)
In Partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Sponsored by Musco Lighting
  1. Fill out the cover page of the Official Application completely.
  2. Answer all questions completely. For the essay questions, please fill in the box that is provided for you.
  3. Use of bold and/or italic text for emphasis is permitted.
  4. Submissions must be made through this online format.
  5. A PDF of your latest program brochure or website address is required.
  6. Coordinate your application with your Service Representative, let them know you are applying.  They are available to help you.
  7. This format has a save and continue feature located at the top of the question pages.
  8. If your Installation received the Gold Medal Award in 2014-2018, you are not eligible to apply.
  9. If you do not receive a confirmation receipt within 24 hours after submitting application, contact the NRPA office at
Failure to follow these instructions will result in disqualification.
It is imperative to note that applications must be submitted by midnight March 29, 2019.
March 29, 2019 (midnight Eastern time) - Application Deadline
Week of May 6, 2019 - Notification of Application Status
June 3, 2019 - Gold Medal Short Video Submission (Finalist only)
September 24-26, 2019 - National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD

Service Representative:
Army: Jennifer Britos -
Navy: Amy Cimino-Shockley
Marine Corps: Nancy Dussault
Air Force: Donald “Phil” Heeg
Coast Guard: Robert Davis

A Military Installation may apply for the Gold Medal Armed Forces Recreation Award if it is recognized by the Branch of Service and the Office of Secretary of Defense as a Military Installation providing recreational opportunities for military personnel and other eligible patrons. 
Differences in programs provided across the Armed Services will be handled as defined below:
  • Morale Welfare/Wellness Recreation Program – (excluding Child Care)
  • Youth Recreation/Activities  (not School Age Care)
  • Libraries
  • Recreation Lodging 
Visit for information you may find helpful in completing the application.

Video Requirement:  Gold Medal Finalists (only) are being asked to post to their web page a short (social media type) video, a MAX of 5 minutes by June 3. Judges will view this short video that helps support information provided in the application. Video should tell the story how your agency is unique and outstanding, while capturing images that support application responses; and serves as a media communication piece to your community! Any video approach may be used but will only be considered in round 2 judging discussions if 5 minutes or less and posted by June 3. The video component only applies to Gold Medal Finalists.