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Community Service is a core value of the Sport & Exercise Studies program at Columbus State. Since the program’s initiation in 1992, students, faculty and associates have been active meeting recreation and fitness needs in the central Ohio community. The Sport & Exercise Studies program has been active with many agencies including Children’s Hospital, Myelo Clinic, Columbus AIDS Task Force, Mount Carmel East Dialysis Center, City of Columbus Health Department and many others. Teaching the student base to give back to the community and to value volunteerism through use of professional expertise remains a competency objective of the entire faculty.
One of the premier projects the Sport & Exercise Studies program supports is the annual Myelo Athletic Camp sponsored by Children’s Hospital each August. Since 1993, the program has staffed the camp with student and alumni athletic counselors. Their role is to provide athletic activities and one-on-one interaction with children that live with Spina Bifida. This effort has evolved into a personal passion for Associate Professor Dr. Tom Habegger. His belief in instilling the need for students to understand their role in providing recreative services to our entire population begins by meeting the needs of the under-served populations in central Ohio.
The Sport & Exercise Studies program continues to develop community outreach efforts utilizing the Human Performance Center. Fitness testing and assessment, and personal training services are packaged and offered to a variety of community agencies in need of programming for their constituents. The SFM program looks forward to entering its second decade of service to the central Ohio community.
These are images from past community service events. For an enlarged view, click on an image.