Professional Organizations

There are a number of organizations, websites and free newsletters useful for professionals in PE and related fields.

Professional organizations provide a full spectrum of resources, services and support for students, teachers and other educational stakeholders. Please take time to visit the professional organizations below and consider joining each to ensure that you are staying connected, continuing your education and advancing your career.


The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, network of local chapters, and numerous partnerships with other organizations.

SHAPE America

Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), formerly AAHPERD, advances professional practice and promotes research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.


One of the six districts of SHAPE America, the Southern District is dedicated to furthering the SHAPE mission within the southern geographical area of the United States.


The organization of athletics, health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport management professionals in North Carolina.


The Health and Physical Education and Coaching Club is the student major's professional organization. The HPECC is involved in a variety of professional and service development efforts. Membership is open to all university majors.

Additional Resources

Please visit the sites below, many of which offer free electronic newsletters, to find additional PE-related resources and services.