Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group

PALS Group Events

May 2014

Dr. Paul Wright named recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) at the AHS Alumni and Faculty Awards Dinner, recognizing his local, national, and international work for children. Read all about it at NIU Today.

April 2014

Posted by the United States Department of State...

"As part of ECA’s International Sports Programming Initiative, Northern Illinois University conducted a two-way exchange between participants from the U.S. and Belize geared towards program administrator training, coach training, and consulting youth sports programs in Belize. The skills learned by participants...." - See more at: http://eca.state.gov/gallery/belizean-coaches-train-foster-social-change-through-sport

March 2014

The PALS Belizean Youth Sport Coalition Project traveled to Belize to share training materials and to encourage organizational and cultural change as part of the Belizean Youth Sport Coalition (BYSC) Project. Read the local newspaper coverage of their visit through these links: 

http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=28156

http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/96529

http://www.patrickjonesbelize.com/2014/03/11/sports-leaders-youth-development/

and watch the tv interview - about 48 minutes in to the Open Your Eyes Belizean program - by linking to http://vimeo.com/89023532

February 2014

Youth Sport Directors from Belize traveled to campus to receive training on how to promote organizational and cultural change as part of a more than $224,000 Belizean Youth Sport Coalition (BYSC) Project grant awarded to the Physical Activity and Life Skills Group (PALS) by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a three year project to support youth sport organizations in Belize. Directors visiting on February 26th and 27th were from Crime Stoppers Belize, the Ministry of Education and Youth Sport, and YMCA Belize. Dr. Paul Wright is the project director with co-directors Drs. Jim Ressler and Bill Pitney from KNPE and Dr. Lina Ong from NIU's Office of International Affairs.

Dr. Paul Wright visited Dr. Barrie Gordon at Onemana, New Zealand, to prepare for a symposium presentation as part of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education World Congress, held in Auckland from February 10-13, 2014. You can read the write-up about the visit to Onemana in the New Zealand Coastal News, "Academics at Onemana".

November 14, 2013

Dr. Barrie Gordon, visiting Fulbright Scholar and senior lecturer in health and physical education at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand was on campus to present a talk in the Holmes Student Center. More information about Dr. Gordon can be found here. Details about his talk can be found here.

June 19, 2013

Dr. Paul Wright, director of the Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group and professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE), has been named to the Elizabeth C. Lane, Ph.D., and M. Nadine Zimmerman, Ph.D., Endowed Kinesiology and Physical Education Professorship – the first endowed professorship in the College of Education.

June 12, 2013

PALS Group Pre-Conference Workshop, "Use of the Tool for Assessing Responsibility-based Education (TARE)"; Wednesday, June 12 from 2-5 p.m. at the TPSR Alliance Conference (June 12-15) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

May 1-3, 2013

Dr. Paul Wright, Associate Professor and Director of the Physical Activity Life Skills (PALS) Group presents keynote address at the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association Conference 2013 at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan; information here.

Pre-Conference Workshop by Dr. Wright on May 1st entitled "Using Physical Education To Teach for Personal and Social Responsibility"

April 19, 2013

Clinton Rosette Middle School campus visit to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education; the opportunity for more than 300 middle-schoolers to visit the NIU campus, learn about the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and participate in fun games and activities; organized and led by the PALS Group.

April 11, 2013

Noted educator, author, project director, Dr. Thomas Martinek from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro presents "Developing Leadership in Adolescent Youth through Physical Activity"; details here.

March 19-20, 2013

Dr. Paul Wright, Associate Professor and Director of the Physical Activity Life Skills (PALS) Group presents keynote address at the CHOICES 2013 Conference, the conference that celebrates food, health, and collaboration; Grand Rapids, Michigan; sponsored by The Michigan Nutrition Network at Michigan Fitness Foundation.

March 8, 2013

Rochelle Middle School campus visit to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education; the opportunity for more than 600 middle-schoolers to experience the university environment and test their skills at eight different physical activity stations; supported by the PALS Group and the NIU-CEA.