SBU Students Present ‘Mind, Body, and Spirit’ at State Conference | News

ST. BONAVENTURE – Four St. Bonaventure University students gave a presentation titled “The Legacy of Healthy Athletes: Harmony of Mind, Body and Spirit” at the Association’s 83rd Annual Conference of New York State for health, physical education, recreation and dance.

The NYSAHPERD association is the professional organization that governs physical education and sports studies programs in Saint-Bonaventure. The students’ presentation took place at the Turning Stone Convention Center in Verona last month.

The students, Chelsey Vincent, Hayley Tasselmyer, Kaylee Vincent and Savannah Gonsiorek, co-presented with Dr. Paula Scraba, Associate Professor of Physical Education at St. Bonaventure, and Kyle Walsh, Senior Sports Program Director for Special Olympics New York.

In addition, students participated in the conference’s future professional programs to develop interview skills and prepare for New York State teacher license assessments.

The four students are leaders of the campus physical activity club (PAC) as well as the Special Olympics College Club. The Special Olympics College Club, recognized by Special Olympics International, connects students and people with intellectual disabilities through sport to form friendships and help lead the Special Olympics social justice movement.

Chelsey Vincent, a senior physical education major, is president of PAC and a member of the SBU rugby team. Tasselmyer, a physical education major, is a member of the women’s swim team and vice-president of PAC. Gonsiorek is a senior physical education graduate and a member of the PAC management team. Kaylee Vincent is a junior education major, rugby team captain and PAC secretary.

The student presentation focused on how the relationship with all athletes begins with promoting a holistic approach of brotherhood and well-being for the harmony of mind, body and spirit. . On campus, the physical activity club promoted Healthy Athlete-Strong Mind programs, including a Fit 5 challenge for athletes with disabilities and partnered with a committee for diversity, equity and inclusion to present a panel of student-athletes on mental health.

The introductory session helped the coaches attending the conference explore the elements of a holistic model. The presenters also stressed the importance of developing models in which athletic departments collaborate with other programs to meet the needs of athletes inside and outside of the sport environment.

The Saint-Bonaventure students shared their experiences and the benefits of the new opportunities for SBU athletes with the sports nutritionist and sports advisors at the university. They also shared their coaching experiences and the initiatives developed between St. Bonaventure and Special Olympics that encourage participation, improve education and increase community awareness in Western New York State.

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