Ricky Richard receives Major of the Year Award


LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Kinesiology student Ricky Richard, human movement science major, received the Major of the Year Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Richard is the Future Professional on the Louisiana AHPERD Board of Directors, a Bill and Melinda Gates scholar, LSU Ambassador, member of the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, and works full-time as a Residential Hall Assistant with LSU Residence Life.

He will travel this summer to Ecuador as he was chosen to represent LSU CHANGEbreak. He represented LSU and LAHPERD at the Southern District AAHPERD student leadership conference.

He is an outstanding student carrying a 3.7 grade point average in Human Movement Science within the School of Kinesiology.  As a highly motivated student, Richard plans to attend medical school upon graduation from LSU.

“Richard has invigorated the student population within the LAHPERD and has done the same thing at the district level as well. His energy and fresh ideas have given the organization a younger and fresher look which spills over to all the board members,” said Dr. Wanda Hargroder, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology.

The Major of the Year award is given to honor exemplary students majoring in physical education, sport management, athletic training, and the sub-disciplines of kinesiology from across the country through the Outstanding Major of the Year Program

AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport--all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. AAHPERD’s mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.


About SOK
The LSU School of Kinesiology advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement.

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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