During his career of 20 years as a parks and recreation director in Georgia and North Carolina, George Page ’93 has believed recreation facilities should be made more accessible to people with disabilities. “Children and adults who have special needs are underserved when it comes to these kinds of opportunities,” said Page, who since 2011 has been executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County (Georgia) Parks and Recreation Authority. “It has been a huge passion of ours here in Valdosta to do something about that.” Page has been instrumental in a successful effort to establish a “Miracle League” complex where individuals with mental or physical disabilities can play baseball, regardless of abilities. The complex will have a rubber-surfaced baseball field so that wheelchairs travel smoothly during play. Other features will include a handicapped-accessible playground and a concession stand where people with special needs will have work opportunities. The project has received a $100,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and construction is set to begin this year. For his leadership, including his work with the “Miracle League” project and other outstanding accomplishments, Page was named Georgia’s top parks and recreational professional for 2017. He received the Distinguished Professional Award in February from the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Page’s department also won state parks and recreation “agency of the year” honors for its achievements, which range from record-breaking participation in youth sports and successful joint use agreements for facilities located throughout the county to tournaments the agency hosted that boosted the local economy. Prior to his job in Valdosta, Page served as director of parks and recreation in Whitfield County, Georgia, and Brunswick County, North Carolina.