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Honoring Excellence: Executive Director, Derek Harms Receives Jim Berousek Alumni Award


We are delighted to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Executive Director, Derek Harms for being honored with the prestigious Jim Berousek Alumni Award from Western Illinois University. This recognition is a testament to Derek's remarkable contributions to the public parks and recreation sector. Each year, the award is given to a deserving RPTH (Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration) alum who has made a significant impact in the field, as nominated and voted on by their peers.

Named after the esteemed Jim Berousek, a trailblazer in the parks and recreation sector, this award holds great significance. It not only recognizes individual excellence but also serves as a reminder of the high standards set by leaders like Berousek. The award underscores the importance of making a lasting impact on the community through innovative and effective contributions to public parks and recreation. 

Derek's journey to becoming the Executive Director of the Springfield Park District is a testament to his passion and commitment. His leadership has played a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of recreational experiences for the community. From developing innovative programs to spearheading impactful initiatives, Derek has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of the significance of public parks and recreation in fostering community well-being.

Derek Harms' receipt of the Jim Berousek Alumni Award is a momentous occasion for both him, the Springfield Park District, and the entire RPTH community. His exemplary leadership, dedication, and contributions to the public parks and recreation sector have set a high standard for aspiring professionals in the field. As we extend our congratulations to Derek, we also express gratitude for the positive impact he continues to make in creating vibrant and inclusive spaces for community members to enjoy.