John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
Honoring An Individual Serving Persons With Disabilities

Established in 1994 by the Adaptive Aquatics Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame this award honors an individual who has made significant and substantial contributions to the field of adaptive aquatics (aquatics for persons with disabilities) as a participant, athlete, teacher, instructor, coach, organizer, administrator or media representative.  




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Monica Lepore is a professor who teaches Kinesiology and Special Education majors at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  Her profession, Adapted Physical Education, strives to improve services for and increase awareness of, the benefits of physical activity, including aquatics, for individuals with disabilities.  Currently she and her students and colleagues serve over 130 people with disabilities per week, ages 3-65, in three different adapted physical activity programs.

Dr. Lepore studied Physical Education at the College of Mt. St. Vincent & Manhattan College as an undergraduate and achieved her master's Degree in Adapted Physical Education at University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse.  He Doctoral Degree is in Leadership in Adapted Physical Education from New York University.  She has been an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and has taught aquatics to people with disabilities for 20 years.

Dr. Lepore is currently the chairperson of the Adapted Aquatics Specialty of the Aquatic Council within the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness (an association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance). She trains individuals to conduct Teacher of Adapted Aquatics and Teaching Assistant of Adapted Aquatics courses and monitors, evaluates and oversees that credential.  Her book Adapted Aquatics Programming: A Professional Guide (written with G.W. Gayle and S.F. Stevens and published by Human Kinetics) is a comprehensive resource for aquatic professionals internationally.  Dr. Lepore currently conducts two adapted aquatic programs and teaches undergraduate students about the needs of individuals with disabilities in a physical activity setting.

Dr. Lepore lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her 12-year-old daughter Maria and enjoys running, swimming, rollerblading and many other sports.


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