CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today, Governor Matt Mead received the 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC). The Governor was recognized for his commitment to conservation and the outdoors as was Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri.
“I am honored to receive this award. To join the distinguished list of recipients, which goes back to 1989 and includes a President of the United States, is a privilege indeed,” said Governor Mead. “Being a Wyoming outdoor enthusiast all my life, I must say that supporting our state’s wonderful recreation and conservation causes comes naturally and easily. It is one of the great joys of serving as Governor.”
Governor Mead’s support through proclamations and events for Great Outdoors Month, hosting the inaugural Wyoming Capitol Campout and his leadership efforts in organizing the Cowboy Tough Adventure Race, were all highlighted as reasons for the award.
“The recreation community is indebted to Governor Mead. He champions the role recreation plays in healthy lifestyles and sustainable, vibrant local economies. He finds time for recreation in his busy life and unites and cheers recreation community leaders in Wyoming, a state where the great outdoors is a way of life. Governors Mead and Nixon demonstrate that recreation enjoys the support of the nation’s leaders from both political parties and in all regions,” said ARC President Derrick Crandall.
ARC has presented the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors award since 1989 to 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. Winners are selected by recreation and conservation leaders from both the private and public sectors.
“Outdoor recreation is part of a healthy lifestyle for kids and adults. It brings families and friends together and provides memories that last a lifetime. It nourishes the body and soul. I hope everyone – residents and visitors alike – can experience the Great Outdoors in Wyoming this coming year. I cannot thank the American Recreation Coalition enough for this recognition,” Governor Mead added.