The Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award seeks to perpetuate and recognize the contributions of the namesake of this award by sponsoring a scholarly lecture focused on advancing concepts related to leisure, leisure education and leisure policy development. The Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award is presented at the biennial World Leisure Congress.
Professor Hillel Ruskin (1934-2003) was the Dr. Robert t. Rosenfeld Professor Emeritus of Sports Medicine, Chairman of the Cosell Center of Physical Education Leisure and Health Promotion and Director of the Graduate Program in Physical Education of the School of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also the chairperson of the Israel Leisure and Recreation Association.
Hillel was a life member of World Leisure and as a Board Member and Chairman of the Commission on Education he contributed widely and actively to Board, Commission and Congress activities and programmes.
He was Vice-President of the European Leisure and Recreation Association, Commissioner of Leisure Education of the School System in Israel and a Past President of the International Council of Physical Activity and Fitness Research: He received his BA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and MA and Ph.D. from New York University. He has written more than 200 articles and publications in the fields of leisure recreation leisure and health promotion. For his contributions he received numerous awards, among which the Education Award for lifetime contributions by the President of the State of Israel.
His research interests were: Factors affecting physical activity and fitness during leisure time and the effects of physical activity on psycho-social and physiological aspects in industry. Physical education and leisure education curricula development. He published over 50 books and papers. The first award was made at the 10th.World Leisure Congress in Quebec City (2008), Canada and it has been subsequently made at each biennial World Leisure Congress.