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leadershipNo one is on the sidelines when it comes to a special year-round recreation program in Pitt County. ARISE, or “A Real Integrated Sports Experience” provides ECU students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of unique sports, fitness and recreational activities – all modified for specifically for students and community members with disabilities, though everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend. Participants are able to exercise in a supportive environment that meets their physical needs.  The organized, adapted recreation programs and equipment are scarce in the community and enhance the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional well-being of the participants. ARISE also provides ECU Physical Therapy student volunteers with chances to gain positive practical experience and to use ARISE’s learning lab along with other Allied Health students to apply skills learned in the classroom. The program has successfully fostered communication among individuals from Campus Recreation & Wellness, Adapted Physical Education, Recreational Therapy, and community partners in program assessment and evaluation.