Norwich University to participate in innovative Special Olympics curriculum program
University has been selected as one of ten schools of higher education
in the country to participate in a program which will incorporate Special
Olympics courses into their curricula.
It was announced Thursday, April 1, at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention in New Orleans that Norwich has been invited to take part in this ground-breaking project during the next year. Norwich was chosen due to the efforts of Professor Geoffrey Davison, who has, for the past 12 months, been providing service learning experiences for students in his physical education classes Coaching: Leadership in Sports, and Organization and Administration of Sport.
"We have run the Norwich Special Olympics Invitational Basketball Tournament twice with great success," Davison said. "We have also assumed administrative responsibility for the Special Olympics State Soccer Tournament held on campus each fall. The students do everything in these ventures - from facility preparation, food provision, volunteer recruitment, games management, publicity and officiating."
Other schools participating in the Special Olympics Curriculum program are:
"Working with the Special Olympics offers a great opportunity for our students to implement coaching and teaching theory in practice, but the real satisfaction is derived from working with such a tremendous group of athletes as the Special Olympians and to work in partnership with the Special Olympics staff," Davison said. "This arrangement will involve formally embedding our past efforts into my courses and continuing to provide not only additional competitive opportunities for the athletes, but also a steady supply of experienced and certified Special Olympics coaches and games management personnel."
by Mark Albury