HAMPTON, Va. (August 27, 2018) — Hampton University Assistant Professor for the Hampton University Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Dr. Rodney Gaines, has been selected by the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) to be their 2018 College/University Physical Educator of the Year.
“Dr. Gaines has exemplified the true meaning of an educator,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “Through hard work, passion, and determination, he has been able to help others through health and physical education. Nice job.”
VAHPERD is a professional association of educators that advocate quality program opportunities in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and sport. They seek to facilitate professional growth of its members through current research, best educational practices, and legislation that will impact the profession.
“I have received numerous bodybuilding and baseball awards in my career for my physical performances, but this is one of the first awards that I have received by my peers for academic excellence and research,” said Dr. Gaines. “I am forever humbled and grateful for this prestigious honor and award.”
Dr. Gaines has served on many committees for the organization and previously served as VAHPERD President in 2013. He is also a former Mr. Virginia Bodybuilding Champion. “I won the AAU Mr. Virginia Overall Bodybuilding Championships in 1995 over at Kecoughtan High School here in Hampton, VA. At the time, I was in graduate school at Virginia Tech working on my Master’s degree in Exercise Science. I had no idea one day I would be working here at Hampton University and win a teacher of the year award. It’s somewhat surreal but I’m excited to continue preparing my students for the future and serving the community through research and scholarship,” Dr. Gaines said.
There will be an awards ceremony on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach, VA.