Six students attended the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) Convention in St. Charles, Illinois. Physical education majors have attended this convention for many years as part of the Societal Issues in Sport and Wellness class, taught by Shari Jurgens, assistant professor of physical education.
The students learned more about how to lead activities as they attended Zumba, kayaking, and strength training workshops.
“It was beneficial to see different activities to teach and ways to implement these activities in a curriculum or rec center,” said Matthew Lovelace ’13 of Countryside, Illinois. “I think this experience will be valuable once I’m out in the field.”
“I think this experience will be valuable once I’m out in the field.” Matthew Lovelace ’13
The class also traveled to Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, where they led fitness activities and games in the afterschool program. The activities were one option for the students’ required service-learning experience while others served at Roseland Christian Ministries earlier in the semester.
Bill Miller ’13 of Chicago, Illinois, was impressed with the children’s enthusiasm for his fitness station.
“I really enjoyed working with them,” Miller said. “They had a lot of energy and it really reminded me of my youth. They also were ready to listen to the instructors at any time, and that made it fun to do.”