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Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

David Gallahue honored for scholarship involving youth and movement

April 2, 2008

David Gallahue

David Gallahue

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- David Gallahue, dean emeritus of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University Bloomington, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education on April 11.

Gallahue, who retired as dean last summer, is being inducted for, among other things, his enthusiasm and commitment to meaningful and high quality movement experiences for children and youth.

"The NASPE Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who have achieved new levels of excellence in sport and physical activity and inspired others by their example of what quality, physical activity and sport programs can do to make a better world," says NASPE President Craig Buschner.

Past inductees include University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, Olympians such as the late Wilma Rudolph, Rulon Gardner, Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Nancy Hogshead, Peter Vidmar, and Tony DiCicco, head coach of the 1999 Women's World Cup Champion Soccer Team, among others. Joining Gallahue will be other 2008 Hall of Fame inductees: Dr. Daniel M. Landers, Regents' Professor, Arizona State University at Tempe, and track and field Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.

Gallahue was one of the country's earliest leaders in the application of motor development -- one of his mantras is "development is age-related, not age-dependent." He has published extensively on the topics of developmental physical education, motor development and developmental movement experiences for children.

During his more than 40 years in the field of physical education, Gallahue has taught at the elementary and college levels. He began his career teaching in the public schools of Fort Wayne, Ind., and taught at Purdue University and Temple University before joining IU in 1970 as an assistant professor. He became dean of the School of HPER in 2002.

His most recent awards include induction into the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the North American Society of HPER Professionals. To read more about Gallahue, visit