Sport Management Students Offer Recreational Programs for Underserved Children

May 14, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University students enrolled in a class on sport-based youth mentoring took on several community-oriented projects during the spring semester.

Led by Dr. Rachel Madsen, an assistant professor in NU’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the initiatives were undertaken in an effort to bring sport and recreation opportunities to the underserved youth in Niagara Falls.

Some examples include:

  • A weekly after-school recreation program at the Doris Jones Resource Center, located in the Harry S. Jordan housing community on Highland Ave.
  • Welcoming children to campus six different times for ice skating sessions at Dwyer Arena.

SPM 320 (Sport Based Youth Mentoring) is part of NU’s sport management program, and taught by Dr. Madsen each semester.

Twenty-one students were enrolled in the course during the spring 2014 semester, with each of them providing 35 hours of service to the Niagara Falls community through sport and recreation offerings to low-income children.

Larry Brzeczkowski, facility coordinator at Dwyer Arena, was also instrumental in finding available ice time for the students.

For more information, please contact Dr. Madsen at 716.286.8268 or ude.aragainnull@nesdamr.