CLEMSON — Megan Shropshire of Greenville is the newest member of the US Play Coalition steering committee. Shropshire is the manager of School Health, a performance team of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy led by Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital.
The US Play Coalition steering committee is comprised of 21 leaders from the industry, education and health fields, all committed to its mission to promote the value of play throughout life. Steering committee members contribute their expertise and insights for the current and future work of the US Play Coalition.
“I am excited to represent the Greenville Health System on the US Play Coalition Steering Committee and look forward to collaborating with key stakeholders in the field of play,” said Shropshire.
Shropshire’s School Health team serves the Upstate through innovative education and prevention initiatives to improve the total health of children and young adults ages 0-21 in traditional and non-traditional school settings.
Shropshire is a South Carolina native from Columbia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from Auburn University and a master’s degree in science and math for teachers from the College of Charleston.
Apart from her role with Greenville Health System, she is an active member of the Greenville community. She chairs the board of directors of Communities in Schools Greenville and is a member of the LiveWell Greenville leadership team and the LiveWell Greenville at School workgroup. She is a member of Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Greenville Class 39 and was named one Greenville’s Best and Brightest Under 35 in 2012.
US Play Coalition Executive Director Stephanie Garst said she is proud to welcome Shropshire to the committee.
“Given the strong support that GHS has shown the US Play Coalition and our shared interest in promoting healthy lifestyles for our local community here in the Upstate, we are thrilled to have a GHS representative on our steering committee,” Garst said. “Megan got involved with us just prior to our 2017 play conference and has been engaged ever since. She is a perfect addition to our team.”
Brett Wright, dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University and co-chair of the US Play Coalition, is pleased to have Shropshire, who has a health care background, on the steering committee.
“The Play Coalition is fortunate to have many great partners, but I am tremendously excited to have the Greenville Health System among them as they bring a very progressive, proactive approach to health to our collective perspective,” Wright said. “Having Megan Shropshire on our steering committee adds another dedicated professional who is knowledgeable of the effects of play on the health of children and adults, alike.”
The US Play Coalition
The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. It is an international network of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Formed in 2009, the coalition is housed in Clemson University’s parks, recreation and tourism management department, part of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.