Kinesiology Hosts Movement Camp for Loachapoka Students

August 26, 2015

outdoor play KINE campFor two weeks in June the School of Kinesiology hosted a camp for children in grades K-6 from nearby Loachapoka Elementary School.

“This program reflects a longstanding desire by the School of Kinesiology to connect with the greater community which it serves in outreach activities that are in line with Auburn University’s land-grant mission,” said Dr. Sheri J. Brock, Associate Professor and camp director. “This camp has been in place for about five years. Our undergraduate and graduate students teach fundamental motor skills and activities to the children, and we have been able to incorporate various research projects as part of the camp, as well.”

Approximately 40 children took part in the activities, which were held on the Auburn campus. Some of the activities included yoga, bowling, team handball, tag, and various striking games.

yoga KINE campYoga instructor Lisa Padgett experienced great success implementing not only various movement and stretching activities, but also some of the empowering mental aspects behind the discipline. Team Handball was taught by the USA national team.

“The final day of the camp is in many ways the most fun day, because we just get out and have fun playing water games on the big lawn beside our building,” Brock said. “We have bubble wands, sprinklers, water balloons, water cannons, the big parachute, just a lot of things. It’s a whole lot of fun and achieves our desire to not only encourage health and fun and movement, but be deeply engaged in outreach as well. I love it.”

Camp Director Dr. Sheri Brock gets a surprise water balloon bath!
Camp Director Dr. Sheri Brock gets a surprise water balloon bath!