Service Learning in Action

MNU sports management majors and students in the adaptive physical education class produced an event called “Challenge Day” for high school students from the Shawnee Mission and Olathe School Districts. The event was held in November at Cook Center. 

High school students with a variety of challenges such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy participated in sports and games to keep them active and physically challenged. Brad King, associate professor of physical education, says some of the students are competitive and enjoy participating and while others have to be coached and led through the activity.

 “Our students had them bowling, going through obstacle courses, riding on scooters, playing with the parachute, and playing basketball and modified volleyball,” King says. “Around 200 high school students, teachers and parents attended.”

More than 40 MNU students assisted in the facilitation of Challenge Day and were helped by Access On Campus students from the Olathe School District. The Access On Campus partnership between the Olathe School District and MNU provides opportunities for students ages 18-21 with mild to moderate disabilities as they make the transition from high school to their adult life in the community.