Moving Forward in 2020

IAHPERD anticipates a positive legislation session.  We can build upon the progress made in 2019. We will continue to build positive relationships within both legislative bodies.  As educators, we will need to what we do best….teach. Plan on discussing new legislation that addresses quality physical education programs.

WHY should I participate?  

As HPE professionals we are all well aware that decisions made by legislators affect our students, our programs, our funding and our school communities so, 

  • We need to show our passion and our grasp of the issues affecting our schools
  • We need passionate volunteers to deliver thoughtful, professional, fact-driven, and information about local control issues, physical education, neuroscience and the impact that the budget bill has had on students and programs
  • We need to continue to be ‘a presence’ in Springfield and be a voice for our students and fellow professionals
  • We need to continue to educate the legislators about the importance of what we do and why the students of Illinois need quality, daily physical education. 

Once again, WE NEED IAHPERD members to ‘take a day’ to do what we do best……..teach.  

WHO can attend?     

Any IAHPERD member, in ‘good standing’, who is willing to advocate for our students and programs is welcome to join us for our Shape Up Illinois event.

WHAT will I be asked to do?  

You may need to drive to Springfield the night before but, this may not be necessary for some participants because of their proximity to Springfield or their desire to drive to Springfield the morning of the event. Before coming to Springfield, everyone will be given the ‘tools’ necessary to have a successful day in the Capitol (talking points, information and statistics). You will also be asked to contact your legislators to set up an individual appointment with them. Once at the Capitol, participants will begin to meet with legislators and/or their aides (you can go in pairs or by yourself) to educate, advocate and lobby. Once we have completed our tasks, we will do a short de-briefing session and then should have everyone on the road home by 1:30pm.

WHAT will it cost me?  

NOTHING.  IAHPERD will reimburse you for mileage or train fare (at the Amtrak Value Price) and, if you are staying overnight, your hotel bill.

***Due to hotel space limitations, the number of registrants is limited and will taken on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis****

Registration for SHAPE UP 2020 is currenlty closed.

If you have any questions, contact  Deb Vogel at 847-310-1956 or