The Corps Network (TCN) honored American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall with its 2017 Champion Award this morning (Feb. 15) at the annual Corps Network Awards Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
According to a press release, the Champion Award, The Corps Network’s highest honor, recognized Crandall for his continued support for service and conservation corps and their efforts to bolster the outdoor economy and recreation opportunities.
“Through your leadership at ARC, our work together has been strengthened and the number and diversity of youth engaged in service in their communities on recreation-enhancing projects has increased,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, CEO of The Corps Network, in a congratulatory letter to Crandall.
The award also recognized his role as a champion of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps initiative, ensuring that more youth and veterans have the opportunity to serve and recreate on America’s public lands and waters. In addition, Crandall has been instrumental in establishing, promoting and facilitating The Corps Network’s Day of Service – now in its fourth year – a key part of Great Outdoors Month.
These efforts have directly provided more opportunities for corps to help young people serve their country and accomplish important conservation service projects while growing the outdoor recreation economy and ensuring that people have access to healthy, active fun outdoors on public lands and waters.
The Corps Network represents the nation’s 135 Service & Conservation Corps which provide youth and veteran corps members with the opportunity to serve their country, advance their education and obtain in-demand job skills and credentials. They perform important conservation, resource management, lands access, recreation, wildfire, and disaster response service projects on public lands and in communities. Corps enroll over 25,000 youth and veterans annually in all 50 states and D.C.
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