PETE grad acts as passionate advocate for Special Olympics

Bobby Waugh and unified bocce athlete at Capitol Hill Day Bobby Waugh, elementary physical education teacher and unified bocce coach, spent time on Capitol Hill this month speaking to members of Congress and advocating for the Special Olympics and unified sports.

Waugh, PETE master’s graduate, strives to improve the lives of students with special needs and create partnerships for athletes through the power of inclusion. Unified bocce pairs students with and without special needs, allowing students to earn a high school letter and form bonds practicing and competing together.

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West Virginia University to host first National Eating Disorder Awareness walk

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West Virginia University is hosting a National Eating Disorder Awareness walk for the first time in the state of West Virginia. The NEDA walk, which will help raise funds and awareness for individuals struggling with eating disorders, will kick off national eating disorder awareness week on Sunday, February 26 at the Student Recreation Center. Check in time is at 11 a.m.; the event is free and open to the public.

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CPASS expert to speak at Science on Tap

Science on Tap event graphic An upcoming WVU Science on Tap presentation will feature Sam Zizzi, professor, CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology, Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the Morgantown Brewing Company.

Zizzi will focus on The Zen of Sport Performance, featuring how mindfulness supports improved athletic performance. Zizzi has worked with athletes at many levels and will share a selection of stories over a cold brew.

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National organization honors athletic training faculty member

Vince Stilger

Vincent Stilger, WVU athletic training program director, HSD, ATC has earned the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 2017 Service Award. The Athletic Trainer Service Award (ATSA) recognizes NATA members for contributions as a volunteer at the local and state levels. 

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ACE students gain real world experience through club sports partnership

Club athletes being assisted by ACE studentsThe College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences athletic  coaching education program has partnered with West Virginia University Club Sports for the third year in a row. This unique arrangement allows graduate assistant strength coaches to provide physical training to sports club participants. Both ACE students and club sports athletes have benefited from the collaboration.

Prior to this program, a lack of resources left club teams to provide their own strength and conditioning training. Athletes receive a higher level of coaching originally only offered to competitive teams.

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CPASS guest lecture to feature ethics in sport

Shellie Pfohl speaking at an eventCPASS will host Shellie Pfohl, president and CEO of SafeSport, March 31, 2017 at 12 p.m. in CPASS room G08. The virtual guest lecture featuring SafeSport’s leadership plan for ethical responsibility in sport is hosted by the CPASS Russell “Bud” Bolton Center for Sports Ethics. The talk is free and open to the public.

Pfohl has worked as executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition after being appointed by President Obama in 2010. Pfohl also led the council’s efforts in support of support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, working to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within the United States.

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