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:
and watch the tv interview - about 48 minutes in to the Open Your Eyes Belizean program - by linking to http://vimeo.com/89023532
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".
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Wright, in Belize with the PALS Belizean Youth Sport Coalition Project team.
Belize delegates receive Certificates after their February visit to campus and the community. Pictured left to right are Patrick Henry, Marnette Faux, Jewel Crawford, Clara Cuellar, and Barnard Pitts.