Mr. Harold Rainwater '69 - 2009 A Award Recipient

Harold Lee Rainwater, class of 1969, received the A Award in 2009 for his lifelong dedication to the fields of recreation and equine management.

Harold is a Wilmore native recruited by Coach Cecil Zweifel to attend Asbury College and continue his education after graduation from Jessamine County High.  Following graduation in 1969, Rainwater began his career at the College as an intraumural director and physical eduction instructor in 1970 and hasn't left since.  For the first few years of his career at Asbury College, Rainwater taught physical education and recreation courses, but in the summers and evenings he worked on horse farms. 

In 1997, after several years of planning the College acquired a horse farm on the 340 acres of the Kentucky River palisades and Rainwater became its director.  Today, the farm is home to more than 70 horses.  In 2007, an indoor riding arena was added which the Board of Trustees named in his honor.  Students can major or minor in equine management and the equine program has developed a number of programs for the local community including riding lessons for Jessamine County Connection students with special needs, summer horse camps, trail rides and a police horse training program run by Asbury College students. 

In 2000, he recieved a nationl recreation award, Recreation Professional of the Year by the Southern Nistrict of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Dance. (AAHPERD).

Rainwater developed both the recreation and equine management majors at Asbury College.  He also developed a recreation program for the city of Wilmore.  He has served as the president of Kentucky Recreation and Park Society, founder and chairman od the Kentucky Recreation Foundation and past chairman of the Bluegrass Area Development District Committee on Tourism, Historic Preservation and Recreation.  He was appointed by former governor Paul Patton to the Governor's commission on Sports, Physical Activity, and Wellness.  He has published and presented his expertise in recreation at the state and national levels.

Rainwater currently holds the title as the longest serving mayor in Kentucky.  He has been the mayor of Wilmore for the last 33 years.

Rainwater grew up in Wilmore and attended Jessamine County Schools.  He is married to Shari and they have two children, Lee Rainwater and Rhonda Webster, and six grandchildren.


Other 2009 A Award Recipients:

Bishop Wayne Clymer '39
Dr. Dorothy Barbo '54