Adapted Sports Day
During Concordia University's annual Adapted Sports Day, students from the school's Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) program helped provide individual activities and group games for children with a wide range of disabilities. The goal of this event was to create a positive, safe, and fun environment for kids of all abilities to enjoy competing and playing together.
Students involved in this service and learning experience work closely with families and caregivers while learning to engage with the disabled. This year's event, held on Saturday, February 25, welcomed 15 children with disabilities and their families to campus. Over 20 Concordia students volunteered and ran activities like basketball, string bowling, wheelchair races, bocce ball, adapted sharks and minnows, and more.
For Concordia ESS student Logan Barbour, volunteering at the event gave him a new perspective. "It was great being able to meet and hang out with these kids, playing games," he said. "At one point, I looked around and everyone was laughing and smiling. No one was thinking about these kids having any sort of disability. It was just a big group of friends having fun."
"Everyone had a truly great time!" said Sarah Sweitzer, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "And special thanks goes out to Joel Schuldheisz, the ESS department chair, who organizes and runs this event each year. He truly epitomizes Concordia's mission of servant leadership."