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SHARP Workshop


Chris Nunes, CPRE is the Chief Operating Officer for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, a $50+ million operational budget and is accountable for the management of transportation systems, covenant administration and parks and recreation which includes 151 parks, 14 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 220 miles of pathways, and 200 miles of streetscape. While in The Woodlands, he implemented cost recovery strategies, developed business/operational plans for facilities and programs, facilitated the planning and development efforts for additional parks and sports fields, and has increased programming (recreation, aquatics, environmental, special events) significantly to better meet the needs of the community.

Chris speaks and provides trainings around the country (over 580+ sessions) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning and co-authored “Managing Programs and Services” in” Management of Park and Recreation Agencies – 5thEdition”. Chris serves or has served on the, NRPA Director’s School, Oglebay Revenue Management School (Chair 2020), NRPA Council on Accreditation, National Certification Board (NCB- Chair 2021), Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School (Chair 2012), NRPA Admin Network (Chair 2013-2014) and founded the Gulf Coast Leadership Development Institute and the Hispanic Professionals in Parks and Recreation. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive and currently, he serves on the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), the GP RED Operating Board and as an instructor for NRPA’s Director School.

The SHARP Workshop is a must-attend for park and recreation professionals, especially those on the front lines or starting their careers, as well as anyone seeking fresh ideas for their programming. The workshop is packed with valuable content, focusing on all aspects of programming, from brainstorming and budgeting to implementing successful initiatives. Attendees can expect a day filled with enriching learning experiences, networking opportunities, and stimulating idea exchanges. We extend our gratitude to our recreation, sports, aquatic, and wellness branches for curating this incredible workshop and to Pitt State for graciously hosting this event. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity!

October 4, 2023

Pitt State University
Student Recreation Center
2001 S Rouse St. 
Pittsburg, KS 66762

CEU Credit - 0.4


8:30 am: Registration Begins (Park Law Enforcement Session Track Details Below)

9:00 am - 10:15 am Opening Session 1
Creating Relevant and Meaningful Programs
Keynote Speaker, Chris Nunes CEU(s): 0.1
Creating  recreation programs that truly resonate with your participants and have a lasting impact is the challenge the professional faces on  daily basis. This session explores the key principles and strategies for designing recreation programs including programming formats, program areas and developmental stages. Through this session the attendee will gain a deep understanding of how to design program structures that provide opportunities for skill development, social interaction, and personal fulfillment. Overall, the goal of this session is to allow the professional to create recreation programs that matter. Join us and unlock the secrets to designing experiences that leave a lasting impression, foster personal growth, and enrich the lives of your participants.

10:15 am - 11:30 am Opening Session 2
Build a better mousetrap: Program marketing, pricing and evaluation 
Keynote Speaker, Chris Nunes CEU(s): 0.1
Are you tired of struggling to attract participants to your recreation programs? Do you want to maximize the success of your offerings and ensure they are priced appropriately? Do you know if you have a good evaluation process? Join us for an engaging session that will revolutionize your recreation program management. In this session, we will dive into the key elements of marketing, pricing, and evaluation strategies that will help you build a better mousetrap for your recreation programs. Whether you are a recreation professional, program coordinator, or administrator, this session is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to elevate your recreation programs to new heights.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Networking Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Breakout Sessions
Sports Session: CEU 0.1
Part 1: 
Let's explore the exciting world of non-traditional sports! Step outside the boundaries of conventional athletics and discover a whole new realm of physical activity and entertainment. This session is perfect for those seeking fresh and exhilarating experiences beyond the usual sports offerings.

Aquatic Session: CEU 0.1
Part 1: During the aquatic session , members of the Aquatics Branch will provide an overview of various Swimming Lesson Programs, including Swim America, WSI, Swim Angelfish, and privately developed programming. Gain insights into each program's features, teaching methodologies, and best practices, equipping you with valuable knowledge to enhance your swimming instruction skills.

Wellness Session: CEU 0.1
The session will also address common mental health challenges, such as anxiety, stress, and low mood, providing practical tips and coping strategies that can be applied in everyday life. We will encourage open dialogue and provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences and learn from one another.

Recreation Session: CEU 0.1
Hear from veteran programmers from various sized agencies on how they succeed, challenges they faces, and how they adapt with available resources. Plan on using these new skills to develop an unique program idea for your community! Learn how to come up with new program ideas, find instructors and develop their schedules.

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm Breakout Sessions
Sports Session: CEU 0.1
Part 2: During this action-packed session, you'll have the opportunity to engage in a variety of unconventional sports and games that will challenge your skills, coordination, and teamwork. Get ready to unleash your competitive spirit and have a blast trying out exciting non-traditional sports.

Aquatic Session: CEU 0.1
Part 2: A continuation of the previous aquatic session, members of the Aquatics Branch will provide an overview of various Swimming Lesson Programs, including Swim America, WSI, Swim Angelfish, and privately developed programming. Gain insights into each program's features, teaching methodologies, and best practices, equipping you with valuable knowledge to enhance your swimming instruction skills.

Wellness Session: CEU 0.1
Join us for an exciting and engaging session on sensory planning specifically designed for kids that can easily be adjusted to adult sensory! This interactive workshop is tailored to enhance sensory experiences and promote development in children. Through a variety of fun activities and expert guidance, we'll explore different sensory inputs and how they can positively impact a child's learning and overall well-being.

Recreation Session: CEU 0.1
You don't know what you don't know. Continue to hear from the panel on how to develop and plan a brand new activity or program with your group. Brainstorm together, plan it, program it, and then present it.  Walk away with a list of new program ideas to help trigger their ideas.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tactical Care Under Fire
Park Law Enforcement Branch Workshop
* Lunch Included

The session presents the three phases of tactical care under fire:
- Hot Zone/Direct Threat Care that is rendered while under attack or in adverse conditions.
- Warm Zone/Indirect Threat Care that is rendered while the threat has been suppressed but may resurface at any point.
- Cold Zone/Evacuation Care that is rendered while the casualty is being evacuated from the incident site. 
Includes the following topics: Hemorrhage control including immediate action drills for tourniquet application throughout the course; Complete coverage of the MARCH assessment; Strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments; First Aid for civilians and self care tactics. 

For questions or more information about upcoming workshops, please contact the KRPA office at (785) 235-6533 or jamie@krpa.org.
Cancellation Policy: NO refunds will be granted; substitutions are allowed.

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