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SHAPE America Honors Professor Camille O'Bryant at National Convention

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — Camille O’Bryant received the E.B. Henderson Award at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America National Convention and Exposition in Seattle in March. The award recognizes minority SHAPE America members who have increased involvement of ethnic minorities and/or underserved populations within their profession, SHAPE America or society through numerous years of dedication to scholarship, mentorship and service. 

O'Bryant has published multiple articles and is a featured presenter on the topic of how race/ethnicity and gender impact socialization into sport-related careers. Her areas of specialty include sociological and psychological aspects of sport and physical activity. Her specific areas of interest are social justice, and gender and race/ethnicity issues in physical activity and sport. 

“My mission is to empower students to take responsibility for their experiences in the classroom,” O'Bryant said. 

During the convention, O'Bryant also presented the annual Rachel Bryant Memorial Lecture at the Guiding Woman in Sport luncheon. Titled “Women Leaders in Sport: Paradoxes, Pitfalls and Possibilities,” the lecture addresses the ways in which gender stereotypes prevent women from excelling at the highest levels of sports leadership despite what appear to be numerous opportunities in that area.

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