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Caron Schiffman wins In the Company of Women Award in the Sports and Athletics Category

MIAMI (February 12, 2018)

Caron Schiffman has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Sports and Athletics. Schiffman has dedicated her 37 year career as a fitness instructor and coach to teaching and motivating others to stay fit for life and find joy in doing so.

For 20 years, Schiffman was the Physical Education department head and instructor as well as science teacher at Nautilus Middle School. Along with these positions, she juggled the roles of cross country, girls volleyball and girls softball coach, and crime watch youth sponsor. Her two Nautilus Middle School Teacher of the Year awards during this time are a testament to her true devotion and excellence as teacher and coach.

She has been teaching sports, health, and personal fitness as a physical education instructor for 18 years until the present at Dr. Michael M Krop Senior High School, where she also is also a dual enrollment instructor and the faculty sponsor for the Best Buddies program. In her earlier years at the school, she coached cross country, volleyball, girls softball, and bowling.

A dedicated athlete herself, she has won numerous awards for triathlons and running events, and in 1996-1997 was ranked 33rd in triathlons in the United States in the 40-44 age group. This September, she will be heading to Australia 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.

For the last four years, Schiffman has been training young and old alike at the Aventura Circle, through her program “Shape Up With Schiffy.” With the city as their gym, she leads her trainees in both running and weight training using incredibly creative, fun and challenging calisthenics. She has changed hundreds of lives in the process, inspiring many to exceed their own expectations and compete in races from 5Ks, to marathons to triathlons.

In addition to generously devoting her time to helping others through fitness, she has been involved in numerous charitable organizations such as the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Morris Stein Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

Schiffman is more than a lean athletic machine - she is an inspiring woman beloved by her students and trainees who invests tremendous energy, heart and soul into her service of others, helping to transform both their bodies and minds in the process.

Caron Schiffman will be honored at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.

In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information call (305) 375-4967, email cfw@miamidade.gov; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.