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MNU Students Provide Challenge Day for Life Skills High Schoolers

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Press Release from 11-14-11

Sports management majors and students in the adaptive physical education class are coordinating and facilitating an activity called “Challenge Day” for high school students from the Shawnee Mission School District on Nov. 15 and the Olathe School District on Nov. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. both days. High school students in life skills classes, their parents and teachers will attend these events in the Cook Center Gym on the MNU campus. 

High school students with a variety of challenges such as downs syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy will participate 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.”

 “We will have them bowling, going through obstacle courses, riding on scooters, playing with the parachute, and playing basketball and modified volleyball,” King says.

More than 40 MNU students are involved in the facilitation of Challenge Day and will be assisted 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 18-21 with mild to moderate disabilities as they make the transition from high school to their adult life in the community.

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