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0 November 16, 2000
Volume 31 Number 7
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Dunk Tanks and Bowling Balls for Everyone

An adapted Sports Day participant dunks a PHED student.
Author Frank McCourt signs copies of An adapted Sports Day participant dunks a PHED student.

(Photo by Kathleen McPartland)

Dunking a college student was a favorite activity at Adapted Physical Education's Fall Festival on Friday morning, November 3. Eighty-one students, ranging in age from 6-18, attended the Festival from Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Sutter, and Shasta counties.

Adapted Physical Education students and their professor, Rebecca Lytle, organized the festival. The sports event provided service learning experience for Introduction to Adapted Physical Education students, and a lot of fun to the children and parents who attended. Participants took part in motor activity stations such as hitting a pi–ata, team sports, and the climbing wall.

Students with disabilities including deafness, blindness, and orthopedic problems attended the field trip with their parents, teachers, and/or instructional assistants. Carol Matheny, mother of Sam Matheny, from Palo Cedro, said, "It is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to participate with their peers in activities that are just plain fun."

The event was planned to address a need expressed by the North State Adapted Physical Education (APE) Consortium which meets two times a year to discuss special education needs and issues. North State APE teachers want more physical activity opportunities for these students, since only those with mental disabilities can participate in Special Olympics. Lytle, a member of the consortium, volunteered Chico's facilities and students.

-- KM

 

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