Star Tribune publishes photos of 15th annual Sports Extravaganza

The Minneapolis Star Tribune metro section recently published a number of photos from the 15th annual Sports Extravaganza at Augsburg College. The event, which had record attendance this year, connects children from area schools with Auggie physical education and exercise science majors for a day of learning and fun.

Read: Kids fly high without leaving the ground at Augsburg’s Sports Extravaganza.

ADVISORY: 250 children with disabilities play
November 18 at Augsburg Sports Extravaganza

15th annual event welcomes students from more than 25 Minnesota schools

Sports Extravaganza(MINNEAPOLIS)— Augsburg College physical education and exercise science students will use knowledge gained in the classroom to deliver smiles to more than 250 grade-school and middle-school children who will be at the 15th Annual Sports Extravaganza, a one-day event through which children with physical, cognitive and learning disabilities play on campus.

The success of Sports Extravaganza, slated for November 18, hinges upon the participation of Augsburg students. Together, students and faculty members create activity stations in the Augsburg Athletics dome and then assist children with each activity.

“Augsburg students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and then go out and do this event,” said Carol Enke, Sports Extravaganza director and Augsburg College HPE instructor. “The young students come to campus, and they help [Augsburg] students grow.”

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November 18 at Augsburg Sports Extravaganza”

The power of a playday: Sports Extravaganza 2012

Augsburg students plays with a elementary school aged student
An Augsburg College student plays scoop ball with a Sports Extravaganza participant.

Augsburg College health and physical education (HPE) and exercise science students used knowledge gained in the classroom to deliver smiles to more than 200 children in grades 3-6 at Sports Extravaganza, an annual one-day event through which children with mental or physical disabilities exercise and play on campus.

The success of Sports Extravaganza, held November 14, hinged upon the participation of Augsburg students, as well as additional student volunteers from North Hennepin Community College. Together, students and faculty members created activity stations in the Augsburg Athletics dome and then assisted children with each activity, according to Carol Enke, Sports Extravaganza director and Augsburg College HPE instructor.

“Augsburg students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and then go out and do this event,” Enke said. “The young students come to campus, and they help [Augsburg] students grow.” Continue reading “The power of a playday: Sports Extravaganza 2012”

Sports Extravaganza promotes learning through play

sports_extraLast week Augsburg health and physical education students welcomed elementary children with disabilities to the Augsburg dome for a day of exercise and play.

Since 1999, Augsburg Students from the Health and Physical Education Department (HPE) hold an annual one-day event for children with disabilities called “Sports Extravaganza.” Children with both mental and physical disabilities get the unique chance to use Augsburg’s dome to participate in activities and games, including parachute, cage ball, soccer, beach ball volleyball, relay races jump rope, and dance. Continue reading “Sports Extravaganza promotes learning through play”

Augsburg Welcomes Kids for a "Sports Extravaganza"

sports_daySince 1999, Augsburg Students from the Health and Physical Education Department (HPE) hold an annual one-day event for children with disabilities called “Sports Extravaganza.”  Children with both mental and physical disabilities get the unique chance to use Augsburg’s dome to participate in activities and games, including: parachute, cage ball, soccer, beach ball volleyball, relay races jump rope, and dance.

Augsburg students in the HPE 254 (Introduction to Development and Adapted Physical Education) class both organize and participate with elementary children in Grades 3-6 from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and other nearby suburban schools.  In this way, Augsburg students give back to their community, gain valuable experience working with children with disabilities, and everyone has fun in the process. Not only do the HPE students teach and interact with these young children, they also share encouraging messages and cheer the children to do their best. Continue reading “Augsburg Welcomes Kids for a "Sports Extravaganza"”