In fall 2021, a newly funded project kicked off to promote wellness within the West Virginia University community through adapted sport. Mountaineers on the Move will incorporate wheelchairs into physical activity courses, allowing the WVU community to learn and participate in an inclusive environment.
Andrea Taliaferro, associate professor, said the two-year project, funded through the WVU Office of Health and Promotion and Wellness, is focused on preparing current and future physical activity professionals regarding inclusive beliefs.
“We will promote the well-being of individuals with disabilities using adapted sport while promoting physical activity engagement through participation. Additionally, we envision enhancing community involvement through adapted sport in coursework and service-learning opportunities,” Taliaferro said.
“The reviewers were impressed with how well Dr. Taliaferro’s team aligned their project’s goals with our University’s well-being priorities. Adapted sports have clear benefits for emotional, physical, social and community wellness,” Amy Sidwell, director, Health Promotion and Wellness, said.
“We were fully funded $41,100 for our project to purchase 16 all-court sport wheelchairs and accessories. We will integrate wheelchairs into physical education kinesiology and athletic coaching education courses. This will begin next year by incorporating adapted sport curricular units covering wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis,” Taliaferro said.
“This will first be integrated into the academic content knowledge courses completed by PEK majors in teaching racket sports and teaching basketball,” she added.