“A Sound Mind in a Sound Body”
Monday/Tuesday, November 2 & 3, 2015
DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Mark you calendar for MAHPERD's 86th Annual MAHPERD State Convention, on November 2 & 3, 2015 in Worcester MA at the DCU Convention Center.  The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel is our host hotel, so be sure to take advantage of this wonderfully relaxing environment with your colleagues!

Check out the preliminary convention program. Please keep in mind that this is a preliminary program, subject to change. The final program will be handed out at the convention.

Monday's General Session Speaker - Marla Runyan

Marla Runyan is a world-class American track and field athlete and marathon runner who is legally blind. At age nine, she was diagnosed with Stargardts disease, a form of macular degeneration that causes progressive vision loss.  Despite her visual impairment, Marla never uses her blindness as an excuse or handicap.

After graduating from high school, Marla studied at San Diego State University where she began competing in numerous track and field events including the high jump, heptathlon, and 100-meter hurdles. In 1994, Marla graduated with a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and began her post-collegiate running career.  She qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials in the heptathlon, but fell short of making the Olympic Team.  Unwilling to give up on her dream, Marla went on to win Gold at the 1996 Paralympic Games.  Marla’s running career could have easily ended here, but her unyielding spirit and determination to reach her potential pushed her to accomplish more.   

With a new goal in sight, Marla qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in the 1500 meter event — the first time a legally blind athlete has ever accomplished such a feat. To this day Marla Runyan is considered to be one of the greatest success stories in U.S. Track and Field history. Not only has she overcome a visual impairment; she astonishingly moved from sprints and field events to middle and long distance running. Marla went on to place as the top American finisher in the Twin Cities, New York City, Boston, and Chicago Marathons finishing 1st 4th, 5th, and 7th in those events respectively.

Marla currently holds two master’s degrees in Special Education and teaches assistive technology at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.

TUESDAY General Session Speaker - Dr. Gylton DaMatta

Dr. Da Matta has concluded a three-year Sports Pedagogy international consulting for the U23 Men’s volleyball team of Brazil that won the world championship in Uberlandia, Brazil in October of 2013. Meanwhile, Dr. Da Matta has also concluded the technical report on expertise development and games analyses for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men’s world-championship as technical evaluator.

Overall, Dr. Da Matta’s research examines coaching education, elite athletes’ performance, social support systems on teaching expertise. He also examines eLearning and online curriculum development programs for Physical Education Higher Education for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Specifically to Coaching Education,  Dr. Da Matta studies coaches’ expertise, tactical analysis in sports, curriculum implementation with advanced web-based platform, video technology and its applications in curriculum development for Master’s and Doctoral degrees classes’ development.  Da Matta is a Director of a youth sports development center for sports in Fort Collins, the YOSA Youth Olympic Sports Academy as well as a lecturer for the International Olympic Academy.

In 2014, Dr. Da Matta & colleagues concluded a meta-analysis on video technology that has been instrumental in the study of mega-events such as the 2016 Summer Olympics as well its implications for applied technology in learning sports for youth. This meta-analysis has also important impact on eLearning, accessibility, democratization of schools and social development through the use of video technology, both in Brazil as well as in the United States. As a Sports Pedagogy specialist Dr. Da Matta has lectured in Singapore, Denmark, Argentina, Portugal, Spain and at several HPERD state conferences. After sending a presentation on Olympism and Higher Education in PE (Glasgow, 2012), Dr. Da Matta became a Board Member of Partners of the Americas as both the Youth Sports program coordinator for Colorado Chapter and also the 100K Strong (State Department) business and educational abroad programs promoter. At the moment, Dr. Da Matta is consulting and advising the legacy and education departments of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

MAHPERD's Executive Board is currently finalizing the program & events for Convention 2015. Check back later for more information.

Exhibitor's Information

Below is the fee schedule for the convention (same rate for the past 5 years).

Convention registration fees:
(All convention attendees must be current MAHPERD members)

The Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21st.


Professional 1 Day: $125.00
Professional Both Days: $140.00
Student (Full time) 1 or 2 days: $35.00
Retired 1 or 2 Days: $35.00

On-Site registration

Professional 1 Day: $140.00
Professional Both Days: $160.00
Student (Full time) 1 or 2 days: $50.00
Retired 1 or 2 Days: $50.00

Go to online registration and/or membership

Download mail in membership/registration form