Chuck Corbin, an Ahwatukee resident since 1987 and an Arizona State professor emeritus, was recently presented the Hetherington Award by the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK).

The NAK is an honorary organization composed of fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of kinesiology and physical education through scholarship and professional service. The award was presented at the annual banquet of the 82nd annual meeting of NAK in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Hetherington Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy. Introductory comments by Dr. Brad Cardinal of Oregon State credited Corbin for being a founding pioneer in the fitness education movement in the U.S., for his research and contributions to youth fitness, and for his worldwide influence on kinesiology and physical education. In addition to his more than 100 books (authored, coauthored, or edited) Corbin has contributed more than 200 articles to the scholarly and professional literature.

Earlier this year, Corbin was identified as one of the top 20 “highly visible researchers in physical education” over the past 20 years. He was also named as one of the top 10 scholar/leaders in physical education in 1989. He was the only person named to both the lists.

Corbin has been a regular contributor to the Ahwatukee Foothills news on topics related to youth fitness and physical activity.

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