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Perry Martin at TEDxVT 2013: Re-creation through recreation

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Perry Martin

Speaker 2013; Senior Associate Director for Community Learning, VT Engage

Perry D. Martin serves as Senior Associate Director of Community Learning for VT Engage: the Community-Learning Collaborative. In this role, he provides direction to the community-learning program which connects Virginia Tech courses to opportunities in the community. A native and resident of the small rural community of Newport, VA in Giles County. Martin worked with a group of parents and community volunteers to establish t-ball, coach pitch, and softball teams in his community during the summer of 2013. His topic, Heading for Home: How Baseball Re-creates Community, is a personal reflection on how community is revitalized through community-based sports and how youth baseball and softball serves as a link between generations and community members from a variety of backgrounds. Professionally, Martin served as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion where he coordinated the administrative, strategic planning, and communication functions for the vice president's office. During his tenure as Special Assistant, Martin developed the Strong Together campaign to promote the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. He also led the development of a campus-wide diversity magazine, The Path Forward. In 2007 Martin was appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Previously, Martin founded and directed the Appal Corps program which was recognized in 2001 as the most outstanding group volunteer effort in the State of Virginia by the Governor's Commission on National and Community Service. In 1997, Martin's community involvement efforts were featured in a publication at the Presidents' Summit on America's Future organized by Colin Powell's America's Promise organization. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Virginia Tech.

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