Mariah Burton Nelson

Mariah Burton Nelson is the executive director of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR,) which promotes creative, healthy, active lifestyles through advocacy, networking and professional development for its 8000 members. A member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, AAPAR offers state-of-the-art workshops, conferences, publications, and other tools of the trade, along with numerous opportunities for collaboration and conversation. AAPAR focuses on lifelong and inclusive opportunities, or “fitness and fun for all for life.” (It’s not too late! PAR-ticipate!)

Before joining the AAPAR staff, Mariah served on the board of directors of writing and speaking associations; wrote 5 award-winning books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles (Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, and many more;) gave speeches on leadership lessons from the playing fields to corporate, government, education, and association groups; appeared on TV and radio shows (Today, Good Morning America, Phil Donahue, Larry King Live, Dateline, Nightline, CBS Evening News, etc.) and played Stanford and professional basketball.

She has won numerous awards for her writing and speaking, including the Amateur Athletic Foundation’s Book Award and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Magazine Award. In her free time she swims, reads, writes, and serves on the board of a Mosaic Harmony, a community choir, for whom she sings tenor.

One Comment on “Mariah Burton Nelson”


  1. […] My Body, My Writing: An Introduction April 10, 2007 — Mariah Burton Nelson I am an athlete. I am a writer. (See bio here) […]


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