My name is Diquan Edmonds, and I am pleased to announce that I have joined NCRPA as the Wellness Assistant! I am extremely fortunate to take over this position, and hope I can continue the great work of my predecessors. For the next year, I will be helping to coordinate the Wellness initiative at NCRPA. Originally, I am from from Southern New Jersey, but moved to the Triangle in 2005 with my family. In 2015, I graduated from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.
Growing up, parks and recreation played a monumental part of my upbringing. My father and grandfather were both recreation professionals, giving me great examples of role models in the field. I was also heavily engaged in my local parks and recreation departments. From playing sports every season of the year - to daily trips to the local lakes and open spaces, (and every special event in between), parks and recreation had a definite positive impact on my wellness.
During my undergraduate studies at NC State, I became extremely passionate about parks and recreation, and the positive impact that our field can have on society. I believe that wellness in parks and recreation should be used as a key pillar to advance our society. Among a multitude of other issues, I hope to share with you tools and ideas that will empower your department to combat against obesity, stimulate positive wellness images in your communities, and to find ways to encourage the continued growth of our parks and recreation programs that support health and wellness.
After my undergraduate studies, I spent a year working with multiple departments around the Triangle. This was a wonderful experience, and taught me very valuable lessons in recreation. From instructing and supervising youth sports and recreation programs with the Towns of Morrisville & Cary, City of Durham, and XL Sports World in Apex, I have witnessed the first hand effects of what positive impact parks and recreation can have on the community. I plan to use these experiences in identifying areas of growth to use throughout this blog.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors. Any given Saturday, you can find me hiking, kayaking, enjoying nature, or playing pick-up sports. I also enjoy watching sports, cooking and trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family. I hope to get to know each and every one of you throughout this journey!
Until next time,
P.S. I am looking for an extraordinary recreation professional to feature in our September Wellness Webinar! If you or someone you know are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellness Assistant, NC Recreation and Parks Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27605