For the second consecutive year, the Tuskegee Parks & Recreation Department picked up an award from their district in the Alabama Recreation & Parks Association.

Marcus Jones was chosen by his peers as the Outstanding New Professional for ARPA District V, of which Tuskegee is a member. The award is given to an eligible candidate who has been employed in the field five years or less and who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services, and who has been actively involved in ARPA.

In addition to his duties with Tuskegee Parks & Recreation, Jones is the co-chair of the membership committee.

Jones was nominated for the award by TPR Director, A.D. Drew, who was the 2016 winner of the award on the District and State level.

Drew stated, “It is an honor that our peers from other areas recognize and admire the hard work that we do here in this community.”

Jones added, “I want to thank the kids, parents, community, and the parks and recreation family. I share this award with you.”

A synopsis of the nomination

of Marcus C. Jones

Coach Marcus Jones has been employed with the City of Tuskegee as a Parks and Recreation Coordinator since March, 2015. This is Jones second stint with the City in recreation. Jones was originally hired by Tuskegee as a life guard at the age of 16 when Recreation was a division of the Community Development Department. Jones spent the remaining summers of high school and most of his summers in college as a life guard.

By the age of 19, Marcus raised his certification in aquatics to a (LGI) Lifeguard Training Instructor, as he took the course at Auburn University under Dr. H.T. Ford, where he returned home to train and certify lifeguards.

After exploring other professional opportunities in Tuscaloosa and starting a family, Marcus returned home to take another shot at his love of coaching. He joined the Macon County school system and became the Assistant head football coach at Tuskegee Institute Middle School, where he still coaches.

In March 2014 he left the school system (keeping his coaching duties there) and accepted the position as Recreation Coordinator for the City of Tuskegee’s Parks and Recreation.

Coach Jones now is the head of Tuskegee Aquatics with the certifications of Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid, and a (CPO) Certified Pool Operator. He’s also head of the Tuskegee Mustangs track team and President of the Tuskegee Junior Tigers Youth Football League, girls volleyball and adult basketball.

As a member of the (ARPA) Alabama Recreation and Parks Association, Marcus is trained by the Leadership Enhancement and Development Program (2016) and the co-chair of the District V membership committee.The department is currently responsible for four parks and Lake Tuskegee.

What makes Jones unique is his attitude. When issues with parents arise, Jones remains calm and the voice of reason while working within the system to solve the problem. When hired, Jones stated that his mission in life is to “give the young world the same love that my family gave to me. It’s all about the future.”

He has done that through the Parks & Recreation Department beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.

Tuskegee Parks & Rec Receives Road Runners Club

of America Grant

Tuskegee Parks & Recreation has been awarded a $500 grant from the Road Runners Club of America in support of its track and field program. The Kids Run the Nation Grant was awarded to running programs throughout the nation to implement a program by the same name.

The goal of the RRCA's Kids Run the Nation program is to help establish locally-managed youth running programs in every school and community across the U.S. The RRCA launched its youth running curriculum in 1986 in response to the growing concern for children’s health in the United States.

Over the next three decades, the RRCA has circulated thousands of copies of our printed curriculum, materials,and helped establish youth running programs in schools and communities nationwide.

The Kids Run the Nation program (KRN) is a gender inclusive, multi-week, turn-key youth running program designed to meet the physical activity goals outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The curriculum can be modified to better serve older grades.

Since 2007, the RRCA and Kids Run the Nation have assisted running clubs, schools, and community nonprofits interested in implementing or currently hosting youth running programs. In 2017, a total of $30,000 will be awarded as small grants ranging from $500 to $1,000. Funds from this grant will be used to support the Tuskegee Mustangs Track Club, who will be entering their fourth season in 2018.

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