June 16, 2016
Tagged: Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Adelphi University, Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management

International Attention for Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship

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by Cari Costa '16
Meredith Whitley, Ph.D., (center) collaborated with Alisha Johnson, M.S., at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (not pictured) and community leaders in Uganda to evaluate and expand sports opportunities for girls.

Meredith Whitley, Ph.D., (center) co-wrote an article with Kevin Mercier, Ph.D., on the Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship that they started at Adelphi.

Studies show that sports and games are highly effective at teaching kids life skills like leadership and teamwork, and schools and nonprofit organizations are taking notice. For professionals—teachers, coaches, community leaders—looking to enter this new field of sport-based youth development, Adelphi now offers an innovative graduate fellowship. 

Adelphi’s Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship, based in Manhattan, allows students earn a master’s in either physical education or sport management in while working for Play Rugby USA or Wellness in the Schools. In return for working, students attend Adelphi tuition free. 

Meredith Whitley, Ph.D., and Kevin Mercier, Ed.D., assistant professors in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, wrote an article about this program for Laureus, a global sports-based charity that works to improve the lives of young people.

“This fellowship program is a win-win for both of us,” said Wendy Siskin, the Coach for Kids director at Wellness in the Schools. “It helps us meet WITS’ goal to encourage public school students to reach the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity, and gives Adelphi fellows valuable hands-on experience in public schools, which can shape their careers.”

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Tagged: Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Adelphi University, Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management