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Sport Management Students Host Sport & Wellness Festival for Older Adults to Promote Sport and Wellness

NEW LONDON, N.H. – A sport management class at Colby-Sawyer College will host a sport and wellness festival this month to encourage older adults to explore new ways of improving their personal wellness.

The Sport & Wellness Festival will take place on Monday, March 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dan & Kathleen Hogan Sports Center. The event will offer demonstrations of aerobic and yoga classes, fitness training using Wii, as well as games that help people stay active. Nursing students will offer health handouts and free blood pressure tests, while staff from Adventures in Learning, a lifelong learning program sponsored by the college, will discuss the benefits of engagement in rigorous intellectual activity. Participants can enjoy healthy snacks and drinks and also take part in a hike around campus. Admission is free.

The class, Sport Management 428, is required for sport management majors in the college's Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) Program. The course, which students take in final semester of their senior year, brings together all aspects of sport management and builds on students' previous foundational and specialized courses in ESS and Business Administration.

For students Amy Hebert, Cameron Wiese and Megan White, the festival is an opportunity to put what they've learned over four years into practice. “The festival is a major project for our class, and a chance to educate people about physical fitness and other aspects of wellness,” says Hebert. “The class has focused on organizing, motivating, planning, staffing and supervising events, and this event requires us to use all these skills.”

Wiese looks forward to working with “seasoned veterans,” and introducing them to some new and enjoyable ways of improving their health and the quality of their life. White stressed that staying in shape can also be fun, whether one chooses to take classes, use the Wii program at home to play sports or to play simple yet physically active games with friends

The idea for the sports and wellness festival arose through focus sessions in class that were used to determine a community need and the class's capacity for addressing that need, according to Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Greg Austin. The decision to focus on older adults stemmed from their large representation in the region and because this group has not yet been a major focal point of the Sport Management Program.

“The sport management senior class is a talented group of young dedicated students. The Sport and Wellness Festival represents an opportunity for this student group to showcase their abilities and give back to the regional community in a meaningful way,” says Professor Austin. “Students have had to secure a facility, develop a relationship with Council on Aging (COA)Chapin Senior Center, and execute an event management plan. The overall goal is to introduce older adults in the region to sport and wellness activities and education that would improve their quality of life. We hope to attract 100 plus attendees, have them enjoy their brief experience with us, and to develop this event into an annual festival.”

Nancy Friese, executive director of the COA's Chapin Senior Center, finds that adults from age 50 to 90 in the region are constantly looking for fun activities to keep themselves busy and active. "It's really important for older people to realize that the college has a lot to offer them and how they could benefit from these programs both in terms of education and participation," she says.

Sport Management students have provided instruction at the COA center for the Wii bowling program, for example, and now COA offers the program to area seniors on a weekly basis. COA, located in New London, is a full-service senior center that serves 2,800 people in nine towns through its 40 different programs. The programs serve from 35 to 100 people per day.

To register, contact Amy Hebert at (603) 831-6559 or visit the Keasarge Area Council on Aging Chapin Senior Center and contact COA Executive Director Nancy Friese at 526-6368.

Exercise and Sport Sciences

At Colby-Sawyer College, students may major in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Sport Management within the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department. Study in these three areas is integrated with the liberal arts and sciences, enhancing students' preparation for professional and personal roles in the exercise and sport sciences world. On-campus experiential learning and on-campus/off-campus internships provide students with practical learning experiences designed to strengthen both professional preparation and career placement. To learn more visit

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Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with professional experience.

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