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I know that every year I look forward to the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo. I look forward to the innovative activity ideas from some of the BEST professionals and colleagues around the world, the latest trends in our field and the coolest new products on the market. Where else can you network with social media icons in Health and Physical Education and bounce ideas off them face-to-face?

This year the national convention will be in my neck of the woods and I couldn’t be more excited — I’m even one of the co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee!

For those of you that have never been to Tampa, Florida, you are in for a real treat. Tampa is a charming and unique city in its own respect. There is an amazing mix of Cuban and Spanish culture infused into the city. There are so many things to see and do around the area including: visiting award winning beaches within 30 minutes, watching a professional hockey game right next door at Amalie Arena, seeing a concert at the Mid-Florida Amphitheatre, or seeing the sites and tasting the offerings in historical Ybor city.

The convention center is located along the Riverwalk, which provides approximately 2.5 miles worth of pathways for fitness, food and fun. Arrive early, extend you trip, and make it a vacation. Disney World is a little over an hour away and Busch Gardens is right around the corner. Take a look at more of what Tampa Bay has to offer.

Registration is now open for #SHAPETampa, which will be held April 9-13. Take advantage of lower rates by registering before the February 13 early-bird deadline! You might want to check out the many resources available to you through the SHAPE America convention website, including a Justification Toolkit which I use every year.

If you are interested in volunteering during the convention, send an email to All volunteers get a cool T-shirt!  

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