LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recently selected Mr. Rocco A. Aiello as this year’s recipient of the R. Tait McKenzie Award. This recognition is awarded to an individual who has provided service to the profession through distinctive leadership of a pioneer type in the field of physical education, health education, or recreation. In addition, the recipient must have held an office of a district, state, national and/or international association in the field; served as a committee chairperson on the district, state, and/or national level; and made significant professional contributions through research, speeches, and authored publications.

Mr. Aiello currently serves as the Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education and Corollary Sports in the Department of Special Education working with students with special needs at all grade levels. He is also the Director of Camp Inspire, a summer day camp for students on the autism spectrum. Most recently, he authored a book entitled “Sports, Fitness, and Motor Activities for Children with Disabilities”, and was a contributing author to an article in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance entitled “The Modified Physical Education Class: An Option for the Least Restrictive Environment.” In 2008, Mr. Aiello was selected as the National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Yea

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