FIFA’s schools programme aims to reach 700m children

Originally published June 1, 2019 in the EU Observer.

The new FIFA 2.0 vision aims to promote the game of football and bring it to all.

It is FIFA’s aim to make football more accessible for boys and girls around the world and to promote important life skills through the sport.

But it cannot do this alone: global solutions require global partnerships. Joining forces with leading international organisations is the key to achieving this objective. Read More

CPASS researchers at WVU seek to amp up school physical education

Originally published May 6, 2019 in The Morgantown News.

By Conor Griffith

Researchers at West Virginia University, specifically the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS), are exploring ways to improve physical education in the nation’s schools.

Physical education requirements for public schools returned with the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 after being sacrificed in favor of academic achievement under the older No Child Left Behind legislation. However, a challenge that still persists is a lack of consistent or even adequate phys-ed standards for schools. Read More

‘Highlight of my year’: Senator hosts dozens of Lancaster County students for annual event

Originally published April 4, 2019 in Lancaster Online.

By Alex Geli

Mahayla Meyer stood inside the state Capitol building on Thursday ready to defend a Senate bill she sponsored that would require all public school students, except student-athletes, to take physical education classes.

Then came a flurry of questions she never saw coming, despite working through an amended version of the bill in the Senate Education Committee less than two hours earlier. Read More

Health, Physical Education Vital to Schools

Originally published Feb. 28, 2019 in the Rio Grande Sun.

To the Editor:

I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. Do the education leaders in our state feel the same way?

President Barack Obama signed in December 2015 the new bipartisan federal education legislation into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. For the first time, health and physical education were recognized as a critical component of a student’s well-rounded education. These subjects should play an integral role in the educational experience of all students. Read More

UW-La Crosse class provides hands-on experience for aspiring physical education teachers

Originally published Dec. 9, 2018 in the LaCrosse Tribune.

A unique UW-La Crosse class that brings home-schooled, K-12 students to campus is helping to shape future physical education teachers.

Deb Sazama, who directs UW-L’s physical education teaching program, says her class of 16 physical education teaching majors is creating lesson plans and learning opportunities that align with the Society for Health and Physical Educators’ K-12 National Physical Education Standards and Grade Level Outcomes.

They have the opportunity to teach those lessons to the children to enhance their movement skills and knowledge. Read More