Joey Parent, Recipient of the 2017 Ralph White River Hero Award

By Connie Kottmann on Nov. 22, 2019

Joey Parent

Joey Parent, Assistant Director for the Rec Sports Outdoor Adventure Program, was named the 2017 recipient of The Ralph White River Hero Award

The VCU Rec Sports Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) has been making its mark on the Richmond outdoor community since 1982. In 2011, Joey Parent became the Assistant Director of the OAP, or, as he likes to put it, the "keeper of the dream." Parent oversees all OAP staff and handles the logistics of carrying out the vision of the program, which is: to encourage VCU students and the Richmond community to discover the joys of getting outdoors.

Parent has been recognized as this year’s recipient of the Ralph White River Hero Award, an award given by the Friends of the James River Park to "acknowledge and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to James River Park." The award is given to individuals and organizations who coordinate with Park staff to preserve, educate and promote the park. "A foundation of all of our trips, and something we try to instill in our trip leaders is ownership of the places they’re going.

These are public places and we have a responsibility to take care of them," said Parent. Parent’s leadership in the OAP has made an immense impact on the Richmond community and parks in the surrounding areas. His work encourages students and community members alike to protect and preserve the outdoors here in Virginia and wherever else they may explore.