Meet Shane Mize: Missouri City’s new Recreation Superintendent is the proud winner of the 2011 Texas Recreation & Parks Society Young Professional Award for his exceptional achievements in the profession. The coveted prize is given to one young professional 35 years old or younger who is actively involved in TRAPS through leadership roles and the promotion of parks and recreation in published articles and research projects.
Mize joined Missouri City in January 2011. He holds a B.B.S. in Sports, Fitness and Leisure Management from Hardin-Simmons and has a M.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.
Mize currently serves on the NRPA Program Committee and as the Chair-Elect of NRPA’s Young Professional Network; he was featured in the May 2010 NRPA Parks and Recreation Magazine as a “Future Leader in our Field”.
“We feel very fortunate to have Shane on staff to head the Recreation Division,” said Missouri City Parks & Recreation Director Larry Foos. “Shane has a diverse background in providing recreation programs and we appreciate his efforts, work ethic and enthusiasm in providing quality programs and events for our citizens.”
Mize’s experience and expertise has resulted in the introduction of many new programs for residents, including these: • Fun Fridays • Special Population Programming—fitness activities for youths and adults • Free Fishing Day • Texas Nature Challenge • A blog on the Parks & Recreation web page.
The blog will include information and updates on recreation programs and activities and will feature follow-up pictures and reports. The goal is to provide an interactive communications tool to receive feedback from citizens.