Awards

NJCRID AWARDS PROGRAM

AWARDS CRITERIA

EVELYN ARONOW AWARD FOR ADVOCACY & DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

This, the most prestigious award of the Commission is bestowed upon an outstanding individual, who through legislation, education, public relations, technical support, or financial support, has promoted growth and development, and made a lasting contribution to community recreation services for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey.

DR. JACQUELYN “JACQUIE” STANLEY PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATOR AWARD

This individual consistently exhibits leadership skills, is a role model, and has a passion for the development and implementation of innovative, inclusive therapeutic recreation programs.  He/she has been a mentor and catalyst for fostering other therapeutic recreation professionals in the pursuit of serving all individuals with disabilities.  This individual sets a high standard for others to emulate and creates a joyful experience for both the practitioner and the program participant. 

NEW JERSEY DISTINGUISHED AGENCY RECREATION SERVICES AWARD

These awards are bestowed by the Commission upon an agency that has developed outstanding recreation programs and services that demonstrate a commitment to the integration of people with and without disabilities.  The program serves as an exemplary model for replication by other agencies and organizations.  Four categories are established within this award: Non-Profit, Governmental and For-Profit and Cultural Arts

NJCRID AWARD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL WITH AN ACTIVE RECREATION LIFESTYLE

This award is bestowed by the Commission upon an individual with a disability who exemplifies a lifestyle enriched through involvement in recreation experiences and who by that participation, has enriched the lives of others.

NJCRID RECREATION GROUP AWARD

This award is bestowed by the Commission upon any recreation group, club or sports team (two or more individuals with disabilities) that implements a unique team activity or activities to enhance the leisure lifestyle of individuals with disabilities through recreation or sports activities.

NJCRID INNOVATIVE ACCESSIBLE RECREATION FACILITY AWARD

This award is bestowed by the Commission upon a recreation facility where innovative accessible opportunities through cutting edge and creative design goes above and beyond compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and allows individuals with disabilities to use these facilities for recreation and pursuit of life-time experiences.

New Jersey Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NJCRID) honors people and programs and facilities.   In 2020, we planned to have our Awards Ceremony at our Bi-Annual Conference.  But, then COVID – 19 Pandemic hit and everything was placed on hold.    We are planning to bring back the Awards Program in 2022.   So look forward to more information on our website.

In 2015, NJCRID decided to change the names of some of the awards.  Many of the previous names of the awards were named after leaders and shakers in the field of Disabilities for 30+ years.   The NJCRID felt it was time for a change.  Not to put less value on these people or their contributions but to move to the 21st Century with some name changes.  We also decided to make the change from yearly awards to Bi-Annual Awards. 

Previous Award Winning People, Programs and Agencies

Evelyn Aronow Award for Advocacy and Distinguished Service

2018 –  No Nominations

2016 –  Dina Trunzo

2015 – David DeNotaris

2014 – Rocco Florentino

Dr. Jacquelyn “Jacquie” Stanley Professional Administrative Award

2018 – Janice Pennington – East Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department

2016 – Donna Provenzano – Children’s Specialized Hospital

New Jersey Distinguished Agency Recreation Services Award

2018 – Government – North Brunswick Parks, Recreation and Community Services

2016 – Government – Friday Night Drop In – Franklin Township and TryCan – Summit Community Programs

2015 – Non Profit – GET Fit  – Adele Sonaike      Government – Department of Recreation – Township of Moorestown

2014 – Non Profit – Alternatives, Inc.

NJCRID Award for an Individual with an Active Recreation Lifestyle

2018 – Richard Delgado of West Milford, NJ

2016 – Christine Cush of Lyndhurst, NJ

2015- No nominations

NJCRID Recreation Group Award

2018 – Clark Recreation – Wheelchair Basketball

2016 – Lyndhurst – S.P.A.R.K.S. Program

2015 –  West Milford – P.R.I.D.E. – Therapeutic Riding Program

NJCRID Innovative Accessible Recreation Facility Award

2018 – No nominations

2016 – Felton Field Tot Lot – Bloomfield

2015 – Jet’s Play 60 – Central Park of Morris County – all access playground Morris County Alliance