On Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. athletic coaching education seniors Charles Teeter and John Craig wait to greet their student athletes for a soccer practice session over Zoom. They revisit soccer drills taught from the past week, demonstrate new ones through PowerPoints and YouTube clips and oversee drills that student-athletes perform with their families so they can practice during the week on their own. This virtual approach has allowed ACE 488 students to maintain their connection with the community during the pandemic.
Through the 2021 spring semester, the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Adapted Physical Activity practicum invited children and adults with disabilities to join weekly virtual instruction.
The students connected to the community by conducting virtual adapted fitness classes and soccer practices through Zoom. The coaching and performance science students were enrolled in the ACE 488 course, instructed by Samantha Ross, CPASS assistant professor.
These student coached sessions involved PE lessons, movement and soccer practice, supervised by graduate assistants. Students would plan their session schedule early in the week and implement it during the virtual session, taking note for improvements that they would adapt accordingly throughout the program. Teeter and Craig designed and lead synchronous soccer practices to a group of 6- to 12-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder. Other students led fitness activities for young, 15-25-years-old with disabilities.