19th Annual Coleman Award Winner To Be Chosen by National Panel of Recreation and Conservation Leaders

Washington, DC (March 8, 2007) - The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) announced today that the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award – will be given for the 19th time at a ceremony during Great Outdoors Week on June 12, 2007. Every year since 1989, the American Recreation Coalition has honored an individual whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to enhancing outdoor experiences in America. The award was established in memory of Sheldon Coleman (1901-1988), longtime Chairman of The Coleman Company and a visionary champion of outdoor recreation and conservation.

Nominees for the award will be solicited from the recreation community by the American Recreation Coalition and a final list of candidates will be chosen by the ARC Board of Directors. The winner will be selected by a national panel of more than 100 recreation and conservation leaders from both the private and public sectors.

“Sheldon’s vigorous advocacy for the value and importance of outdoor recreation and strong support for volunteerism and partnership efforts on behalf of outdoor recreation have been a wonderful legacy for the recreation community,” said Derrick Crandall, President of ARC. “We look forward to working with recreation community leaders to select another visionary recipient of the recreation community’s most prestigious award.”

Past Coleman Award winners include President George H. W. Bush, U.S. Senators John Breaux, Malcolm Wallop, Frank Murkowski and John Chafee and U.S. Representatives Ralph Regula, Thomas Petri and James Oberstar. Transportation Secretaries Rodney Slater and Norman Mineta and National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert Grosvenor were also honored.

The American Recreation Coalition, the national voice for America’s recreation community, is a nonprofit federation of more than 100 organizations representing enthusiasts, private-sector providers of recreation opportunities, and producers of recreation equipment.