R. Tait McKenzie Award
The R. Tait McKenzie Award is bestowed annually in recognition of
distinguished service by members, which takes place outside the
framework of SHAPE America but which reflects prestige, honor, and
dignity on the association. The award was first bestowed in 1968. Not
more than two McKenzie Awards may be presented each year.
The recipient shall:
- Be an active member of SHAPE America.
made significant contributions through work outside the normal work of
the Association (e.g., government, general education, public health,
international affairs, etc.) that reflect favorably on the Association.
- Be highly regarded by his/her professional peers.
Robert Tait McKenzie
Tait McKenzie (May 26, 1867 – April 28, 1938) was a Canadian-born
sculptor, doctor, soldier, physical educator, athlete and Scouter. Born
in Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, he was one of the
first to see the close relationship of physical activity to chronic and
acute illness; to distinguish between the physical training of the
superior athlete and that needed to maintain health; and to adapt
physical activity and apparatus for rehabilitation.
His knowledge of the human body had its foundation in the study of anatomy. In his lifetime,
McKenzie sculpted 233 pieces, from athletes to children at play. His sculptures spanned his broad range of
interests. McKenzie was president of the American Physical Education
Association from 1912-16.