Recreational Leadership Program

Recreational Leadership Program

The Recreation Leadership program at Delta State University provides candidates professional preparation in park and recreation administration. Graduates find employment in a wide variety of recreation careers, including: Municipal parks and recreation departments, State agencies (State Parks, Conservation, Fish and Wildlife), Federal agencies (National Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Military recreation departments (MWR), Organized camps, Youth service agencies (Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 4-H, etc), YMCA, University recreation, and Sport organizations.

Candidates at Delta State are immersed in hands-on learning opportunities as well as in-class courses dealing with recreation and leisure history, leadership theory, and program development including marketing, management, and sport/coaching administration. The below areas are where students can explore leadership and growth opportunities in youth programs such as the OKRA Kids Camp and the Delta Down & Dirty Mur/Obstacle Run for youth. In addition, Delta State has the ONLY 4-yr Outdoor Recreation Education Program in the State of Mississippi where students from all areas of campus can learn and participate in adventure/wilderness recreation expeditions all over the South. With over $250,000.00 worth of gear and equipment, a one-of-kind outdoor education laboratory, 4 gear/canoe/kayak trailers, and the only mountain bike program in Mississippi – you can be assured your recreation leadership education can start here.


Know someone worthy of being considered a Health Champion?

DSU faculty, staff, students, and community members across the Delta who are leaders, promoters, and facilitators of physical activity or healthy lifestyles should be nominated as “health champions.”  To nominate a person to be considered for this honor, please fill out an online form, or download a printable form and submit accordingly.

For more information, contact Todd Davis at 662.846.4555 |

  • Nominating a Health Champion is as easy as 1, 2, and 3!

  • 1. Tell us about your nominee:

    Describe a single achievement (personal achievement, heroic act, new invention, humanitarian achievement, etc.) performed by your nominee that you consider exceptional and worthy of recognition in the realm of health, physical activity, fitness, wellness, or nutrition.
  • 2. Details about your nominee:

    Please share any details you may know about your nominee. The only required item is their name, but every piece of information can help us honor each Champion.
  • 3. Now, about you:

    We like to recognize our nominators, you — the people who acknowledge what is special about your nominee. We also may need to contact you for further information. *Anonymous nominations are accepted.

Assist in keeping adventure and outdoor recreation available for students at Delta State University.

Print and fill out the form below:


Program Director:

Todd M. Davis,  CPRP
Dave Heflin Professorship
Director Recreation Leadership & Outdoor Adventure
662.856.4570 |

Campus Office Hours:
T & W 10-12 & 2-4 | Th 10-12

BS Ed Physical Education / Health | University of Idaho
MS Sport & Recreation Administration | University of Idaho
EdD Doctorate of Education (Candidate)(ABD) | Delta State University

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