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2020 Gold Medal Awards Program Application: Armed Forces Recreation

2020 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 between 2015-2019, 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 April 10, 2020.
April 10, 2020 (midnight Eastern time) - Application Deadline
Week of May 18, 2020 - Notification of Application Status
June 15, 2020 - Gold Medal Short Video Submission (Finalist only)
October 27-29, 2020 - National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

Service Representative:
Army: JJ Love
Navy: Amy Cimino-Shockley
Marine Corps: Nancy Dussault
Air Force: Donald “Phil” Heeg
Coast Guard: Matt Perciak

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 1. 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 1. The video component only applies to Gold Medal Finalists.

Disqualification/Revocation: The American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) reserves the right to disqualify a National Gold Medal Award application if in AAPRA’s sole discretion it determines that the application does not contain truthful information, is contrary to the standards or policies of AAPRA, or violates applicable laws, or if the agency has acted contrary to the standards or policies of AAPRA, or violated applicable law or could reflect negatively on AAPRA, the National Gold Medal Program, its partner NRPA and the national sponsor, Musco Lighting, LLC.
AAPRA reserves the right to revoke any Finalist or Grand Plaque Gold Medal award if in AAPRA’s sole discretion, it determines that the agency acted contrary to the standards or policies of AAPRA or acted in violation of applicable laws or could reflect negatively on AAPRA.
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