Welcome to the Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance! Last year TAHPERD, like so many other organizations, ours had to cancel the annual convention; an event that provides such a positive experience for our members. While this was disappointing, we instead put together our first ever virtual workshop, which was a success! For 2021 we have planned a face-to-face convention, where the theme will be “Re-Emerge Stronger”.

TAHPERD’s organizational team is what makes this organization such a success. With individuals from a variety of disciplines, who are in the top of their fields; to include several who have been named Teacher of the Year. Each of the organizations leadership team members shares the same passion and dedication to improving and maintaining the healthy lives of children and youth in Tennessee.

Advocacy and education are key elements in the success of this organization and its goals. Goals for 2021 include: 1) the full implementation of the Tom Cronan Physical Education Act Bill, providing all K-5 students with a minimum of two days and 60 minutes of physical education per week; led by a certified PE teacher; 2) increase membership as a whole for the organization, especially among TN physical education teachers (currently 22%); 3) hold the first ever 5K (virtual) to kick off the 2021 convention; 4) increase community and professional awareness about TAHPERD; 5) recruit and provide top notch presenters at the 2021 convention!

The map below provides a description of where our members are located throughout the state. Become a member today to learn more about how you can impact TN!