EVERYONE IN THE GAME
ECU program opens exercise to all
By Kathy Muse
College of Health and Human Performance
On a basketball court at East Carolina University, 9-year-old Tolbert Wangila gets a firm grip on the ball, bends forward, manipulating his legs, arms, and wrists for a smooth release.
Faster and faster he goes, counting the number of shots he makes, while an ECU student monitors his progress.
Numbers are important to Wangila, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. His goal today is to increase the number of baskets he makes.
Wangila is one of 50 Pitt County children participating in the ECU adapted physical education program. The program teaches ECU students best practices for meeting the physical and motor fitness requirements of children with disabilities. At the same time, children and educators in the Pitt County school system benefit.
Training Future Leaders
The program pairs ECU undergraduate and graduate students with Pitt County children in a controlled and supervised environment. The on-campus practicum provides training for future physical educators, adapted physical educators, recreational therapists, special educators and other allied health professionals.