Dr. James (Doc) Bristor was a consummate professional and an advocate of leisure services. An MSU student advisor, mentor and professor for more than 35 years, Doc was an active member and past president of MRPA. His main focus areas during his long career included youth development, diversity and teaching. He understood the value of recreation – especially for people with disabilities. He volunteered at MSU’s Adaptive Sports Festivals and served as Chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues.
The Bristor Endowment was established through a lead gift from Doc Bristor. In accordance with his wishes, the Endowment will be used to provide continuing education for recreation professionals, scholarships for students, and to support new research in the field of recreation.
Raymond C. Davis Access to Recreation Endowment Fund
Ray Davis Sr. loved sports. An avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing, Ray was a tireless advocate for youth sports. He also believed in the value of everyone being able to enjoy the outdoors and participate in sports – regardless of ability.
The Access Fund will be used to provide matching grants to support local community efforts to purchase adaptive equipment and to build accessible recreation venues across Michigan.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has generously agreed to match the first $100,000 raised for the Access Fund, intended to continue the work of the Access to Recreation initiative. In appreciation of a lead gift received from proceeds from the Raymond C. Davis Sr. annual golf outings, the fund was named in his honor.
The Access Fund is held by the Capital Region Community Foundation (CRCF). Contributions to the Raymond C. Davis Sr. Access to Recreation Endowment should be made directly to the Capital Region Community Foundation with the contribution designated toward the Access to Recreation Endowment. Information on the Michigan state tax credit and a donation form may be found at www.crcfoundation.org.
The Timothy J. Doyle Memorial Fund
A dedicated professional, MRPA member and Metro Detroit Amateur Softball Association Commissioner, Tim Doyle led by example and displayed a true passion for parks and recreation, health and wellness, the outdoors and a love of children. On October 24, 2009 Tim lost a nine-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). A memorial fund has been established to honor his memory, legacy and significant contributions to the Parks and Recreation field. To learn more about the Timothy J. Doyle Memorial Fund and how to contribute, please click here.
Hall of Fame Fund
The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Hall of Fame provides recognition for individuals who have made extraordinary contributions through their service to the parks and recreation profession.
A permanent display located at Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, MI honors the members that have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2005.
The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Foundation supports the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.