P.E. and coaching majors host area high school students

Posted on November 4, 2014

PE Ware Shoals group

Dan Corsi, back row left, with Ware Shoals group

Erskine’s Physical Education and Coaching Program hosted a group of students from Ware Shoals High School Oct. 31 for a day of games and activities designed to provide fun for the visitors and hands-on experience for Erskine students preparing for careers in physical education and coaching.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to give the physical education majors a chance to interact with exceptional needs students, not only to give back to the community but also to grow the skill sets of our future physical educators,” Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dan Corsi said.

“The students from Ware Shoals were very energetic and enthusiastic, which made the day’s events even more exciting.”

The Erskine students guided their Ware Shoals guests through basketball, tennis, lacrosse, golf, and later in the day, competitive games of kickball and flag football.

PE Ware Shoals with president

Erskine President Dr. Paul Kooistra, second from left, greets the visitors in Moffatt Dining Hall.

“All visiting students were included in the activities, and it was obvious that everyone was having a great time,” Corsi said. “Most impressive was how the physical education majors improvised during the activities to accommodate and engage the students.”

Once the Erskine students graduate and are teaching and coaching, “they will have to adapt physical education programs for special needs students,” Corsi said.

PE Ware Shoals visitor and PE major

Junior Andrew Kozak, right, of Upton, N.Y., in Galloway with a guest from Ware Shoals High School

Corsi has arranged a number of opportunities for his students to gain experience before they are faced with teaching and coaching responsibilities. “These are skills not easily taught through lecture, but rather are best learned with hands-on experience such as the interactions students had during the Ware Shoals visit,” he said.

“Bringing local students onto campus is incorporated into the Physical Education and Coaching program because it allows for the building of relationships between Erskine and the community, enhances the abilities of the physical education majors by giving them real-life experiences, and demonstrates compassion and service to others.”