Chad Griffin wins state-wide award


ChadGriffin             Chad Griffin, Community Programs Coordinator for the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, has been named the recipient of the District 5 Distinguished Professional Award from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for 2014.

Mr. Griffin was nominated by his co-workers in the Department who noted that he “inherited a few events that were nearly dead on the vine, but has done a wonderful job improving (them)…full to capacity…through leadership and dedication.” The nomination and award noted his “quality planning and implementation”. A specific highlighted program was the Project Fun Summer Camp which Mr. Griffin modified to include Special Needs campers as well as regular campers. This inclusion has helped “teach tolerance, patience, and awareness to all summer camp participants.”

Mr. Griffin specifically tries to provide recreational opportunities to families – opportunities to enjoy time in a recreational setting and in recreational activities that don’t require a winner or loser, a lot of money, and/or a specific uniform. He believes that the best recreational programs are those that allow participants to be themselves, have low cost, and be fun.

Outside of his Department duties, Mr. Griffin is the Chair-elect and the face of Douglas County Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society initiative, for 2015 and 2016. He is a graduate of Leadership Douglas, and active in the Young Professionals Connection. He is a community coach for Fairplay Middle School in football, basketball and soccer.

Mr. Griffin is a native of Warner Robins, he earned his Bachelor’s in Education degree (Recreation) from Georgia Southwestern and State University. He and his wife, Adrienne, have been married for nine years and have a two-year-old daughter, Kerrington.

Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan stated that “we are proud of Chad and the work he has accomplished for the residents of Douglas County. He is very deserving of this award.”


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