The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) honored Kristine Fritz with the Joy of Effort Award presented at a national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance (AAHPERD) in March of this year. She received the award for her outstanding teaching, distinguished service and enthusiasm for promoting physical activity to children.
Fritz, a retired Sheboygan Area School District physical education teacher, spends several days a week volunteering at the Early Learning Center as a preschool physical education facilitator allowing students to experience a "physical education" class. This structured class prepares preschool students for elementary physical education classes. The young children learn how to follow rules and this teaching is very beneficial coming from someone other than their classroom teacher.
“We are very fortunate to have Kris at our building working with our young children,” said Pam Kugi, principal at the Early Learning Center. “We are also grateful for her involvement in fundraising and grant writing to replace and update our physical education equipment.”
“The Joy of Effort is given in recognition of those individuals who, by performance and style, have personified the concept that the effort made to enrich the goals and objectives of physical education and sport is a labor of love, inspired by commitment and dedication,” says NASPE President Dennis Docheff, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. “Kris exemplifies the highest level of personal and professional commitment and competency in her work with youths, colleagues and the community. She is impassioned by her work and serves tirelessly for the good of many programs.”
Throughout her 40-year career, Fritz has been the consummate physical education professional, devoting every moment to placing healthy lifestyles at the forefront for youth, colleagues and community members. Physical education and sport are truly labors of love for Fritz, having worked not only with the Wisconsin Health & Physical Education, but also at the AAHPERD district and national levels on a number of committees, all the while professing the mantra of good health and physical activity.
“Kris is extremely deserving of this national recognition. She continues to demonstrate her commitment to students by generously volunteering her time to teach our youngest SASD students. We are very grateful for all Kris has done for the district,” said Superintendent Joseph Sheehan, Ph.D.
Ms. Fritz was recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 24.
Kris Fritz explains an physical education activity to students at the Early Learning Center.