By Nicole Graper

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), Madison’s public recreation provider, was presented the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2017 Excellence in Inclusion Award.

MSCR offers adaptive recreation — sports and recreation designed for people who have disabilities — and inclusion services for individuals with and without disabilities to participate together. The award was presented at the NRPA National Congress in New Orleans. MSCR is a member of NRPA and shares the organization’s vision that everyone will have easy access to park and recreation opportunities in sustainable communities.

MSCR is proud of Kate Dvorak, Inclusion Services Specialist; Cheryl Dietrich, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist-Inclusion Services; Chad Thom, Community Programs Supervisor; and Janet Dyer, Community Programs Supervisor, for their work creating accessible public recreation programs. The department serves 4,685 participants with disabilities annually in a range of activities.

“We are honored to be nationally recognized for helping make a difference in the lives of people who have disabilities and their families,” said Jacob Tisue, MSCR Executive Director.

MSCR is Madison’s public recreation provider serving the community since 1926. As a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, MSCR serves all ages in a wide range of activities including adventure, afterschool, arts, enrichment, fitness, sports, swimming and more.

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