Headquartered in Reston, VA, 25 miles west of Washington, DC, SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport–all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public.
SHAPE America is committed to creating programs, products and services that promote the positive development of ALL children regardless of ability. SHAPE America has a government relations department that advocates for support of high-quality physical education and adapted physical education at the federal, state and locals levels. Front and center in SHAPE America’s Legislative Agenda is our ‘ask’ to retain physical education within the definition of special education in the re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). SHAPE America seeks to ensure that adapted physical education services are delivered to students by a state certified/licensed teacher endorsed to teach adapted physical education.