President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Announces 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients


Shannon Feaster

May 20, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – In celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) proudly released its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. The recipients will be honored at PCFSN’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on September 16, 2014. 

Presented annually since 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Recipients are selected by members of PCFSN based on the span and scope of an individual’s career, the estimated number of lives they have touched, and the impact of their legacy.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include: Dr. Steven N. Blair, an acclaimed research scientist; Kathleen Ann Cordes, groundbreaking collegiate coach and athletic director; Boyd Epley, “Godfather of Strength and Conditioning;” Dr. Barbara L. Drinkwater, renowned researcher of female exercise physiology;  and Dr. Jane Katz, aquatic pioneer and swimming legend.

2014 PCFSN Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Bios

Steven N. Blair, PhD – Steven N. Blair is a Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  He has published more than 650 papers in the scientific literature, and has extensively examined the association of cardiorespiratory fitness and various health outcomes. This research shows that low fitness is one of the strongest predictors of mortality and numerous chronic diseases, and likely causes more deaths in many populations than smoking, obesity, or other risk factors.  He has received awards from many professional associations, including the Population Science Research Award from the American Heart Association, the Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, and the U.S. Surgeon General's Medallion. 

Boyd Epley – Boyd Epley is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as the “Godfather of Strength and Conditioning.” As the Head Strength Coach at the University of Nebraska for 35 years, his training program helped produce five National championships in football, three Heisman Trophy winners and 356 wins. Coaches in every sport and millions of athletes have been impacted since Epley showed strength and conditioning improves athletic performance. His sphere of influence grew even greater when he founded the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1978.

Kathleen Ann Cordes – Professor Emerita Kathleen Cordes served as professor, chair, coach, director, and is a well-known author of textbooks in the recreation field.  During her career, she served as one of the first female directors of men and women’s athletics in the country; the first female varsity coach at University of Notre Dame; and first athletic director of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance recognized Cordes with national, district, and state Honor Awards.  She received national/state awards for Distinguished Service to Recreation; was elected American Leisure Academy Senior Fellow; and selected for Indiana University’s Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award.  As executive director for the American Association for Leisure/Recreation, Cordes worked on a White House Millennium committee and authored the official volume, America's Trails for the 21st Century, to promote health and the wider use of trails across the country.

Barbara L. Drinkwater, PhD – Dr. Drinkwater joined the Pacific Medical Center as a Research Physiologist, she was at the Institute of Environmental Stress, University of California, Santa Barbara  and the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Washington. Dr. Drinkwater's research has focused on the female athlete: her physical performance under environmental stressors such as heat and altitude; the effect of exercise-associated amenorrhea on bone health; and the role of exercise, calcium, and exercise in preventing osteoporosis. She is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has served on their Board of Trustees, as Vice-President for Education, and as President.

Jane Katz, EdD – Jane Katz has taught aquatic fitness and safety at the City University of New York since 1964 and at John Jay College since 1989.  She is the author of 14 books on swimming, fitness, and water exercise some of which are translated into 4 different languages.  Her books are in over 1200 libraries around the world including Swimming for Total Fitness (Random House), first published in 1981.   Katz’s Olympic career began with the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo where she was a member of the synchronized swimming performance team.  In 2000 she received a meritorious award from the International Olympic Committee for her “dedication and contribution to the development” of swimming.  She was recently named by Aquatics International magazine as one of the top 25 leaders in the aquatic industry along with Michael Phelps and Dara Torres.  In April of 2014, Katz received John Jay’s College-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to being a scholar and a practitioner, Jane is also an All-American and World Master’s Champion in aquatics and continues to compete.