Sheldon Coleman (1901-1988) was Chairman of The Coleman Company of Wichita, Kansas. His talents as an engineer, as an advocate, and as a marketer have helped millions of people enjoy the outdoors. During his lifetime, Sheldon received numerous awards and honors and contributed his energies to a host of conservation causes, including service as a member of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985-1987).

Some knew Sheldon Coleman for the millions of lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, stoves and dozens of other outdoor products that were sold by his company during his six-decade career and today are found everywhere across America. Others knew Sheldon Coleman as a visionary who championed volunteerism and partnerships for the outdoors or as a motivator who understood the power of praise. The Great Outdoors Award seeks to commemorate and continue Sheldon’s work by honoring special Americans whose personal efforts have significantly enhanced opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors.

The winner of the 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award is Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Click here for the news release announcing Senator Alexander as the winner of the 2013 award, and here for more information about Senator Alexander.

For a list of past award winners, click here.