Paralympic Athletes Lead Kin 100 Skill Lab Experiences
Four celebrated Paralympic athletes travelled to James Madison University to lead Paralympic Skill Lab experiences with Kinesiology 100 classes on April 21st and 22nd. Paralympic Skill Lab integrates the International Paralympic Committee's Paralympic School Day curriculum, which combines Paralympic ideals and values with educational activities to create awareness and understanding of disabilities and disability sport. One goal of the program is to provide meaningful, personal contact between students and Paralympians. A second goal of the program is to introduce students to new physical activities that they can enjoy and participate in for a lifetime. The final goal of the skill lab is to advance the diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives at James Madison University. Kinesiology Professor Dr. Cathy McKay organized the experience, which was funded by a Provost Research Grant and CHBS Mini- Grant, as part of her ongoing research on Paralympic sport, social inclusion, and contact theory.
Adam Ballou, Trevon Jenifer, Brandon Rush, Eric Duda, and John Kremer led activity stations during the experience. Adam Ballou is a 2015 JMU Graduate, and a member of the USA Paralympic Soccer Team. Adam played in the 2012 London Games, and is training full time for the 2016 Rio games. Trevon Jenifer in a Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball player, who won bronze at the 2012 London games. Trey is a graduate of Edinboro University, is a two-time collegiate All-American, and recently played professionally in France for two years. Eric Duda, a graduate of the University of Florida, is the captain of the USA Men's Sitting Volleyball team. Eric played in the 2004 games in Athens, and was named the 2014 Male Sitting Volleyball Player of the Year. John Kremer joined the USA Men's Sitting Volleyball team in February 2015, and was named the 2015 most improved player of the year. John served nine years in the US Navy, and started his sitting volleyball career through the Warrior Games. Brandon Rush played basketball at Edinboro University, is a coach for the award winning Sportable Spokes (Richmond, VA) team, and is a member of the Charlottesville Cardinals Wheelchair Basketball team.