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College supports annual kids fitness expo

CPASS Physical Education Teacher Education students and faculty collaborated with the WVU Student Rec Center to host the 6th Annual Kids Safety and Fitness Expo, May 23 at the rec fields. The free, family-centered event featured bike safety lessons, an obstacle course, sports, games, the annual tug-of-war competition, hands-on demonstrations and health information for parents. 

More than 200 children and families from the community came out to celebrate, move and explore. CPASS, PETE and Lifetime Activities faculty and students were well represented. "The event enhances the well-being and quality of life for the community," explained Valerie Wayda, associate professor and chair, Coaching and Teaching Studies department. 

As a special note, Cory Briethoff, Hannah Kipfer and Alexis McCarthy helped coordinate the gross motor movement activities for the children. Activities included an obstacle course, bowling, basketball, scooters and popular rhythm activities available for children and their families. 

PETE faculty members Byron Towner, Andrea Taliaferro and Sean Bulger helped manage the flow of children and families in and around the space. They encouraged children across the balance beam and through the obstacle course. Dean Dana Brooks joined in the fun while visiting the games and demonstrations.   

CPASS and Lifetime Activities provided a variety of giveaways for the families. The kids especially loved the Frisbees, sunglasses, pencils and foam balls. The college took advantage of the opportunity to promote Lifetime Activities summer wellness classes and youth camps. 

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