ARTICLES

Here you will find a collection of my favourite research and insights around the impact of athletics in education and learning. Please take a moment to look at some of the links, videos, and articles shared on this page.

SINGLE SPORT VS. MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES

By: Lenny D. Wiersma

Tackling the age-old question of whether or not athletes should specialize in a sport or play multiple sports. At what age is it appropriate for children to specialize in sport? What are the benefits or challenges associated with either specializing or being a multi-sport athlete? 

Monte Lee from Clemson shares his thoughts on why he and other colleges and universities prefer multi-sport athletes over single-sport athletes.

MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC FOR KIDS IN ATHLETICS

By: Ibrahim Qureshi

When it comes to setting expectations within athletes and sports, how important is character and attitude? Living in a society where athletic culture has predominantly rooted in negative characteristics and constructs of egos, bravado, and showmanship, is it time for a change? How important is it for coaches to instill teamwork, volunteerism, leadership, and character-building to ensure lasting successes in athletic programs?

Luigi "Geno" Auriemma built one of the most dominant programs within collegiate women's basketball, shares what he believes to be is the hardest skill to find in incoming athletes.

VIDEOS

WANT SMARTER, HEALTHIER KIDS? TRY PHYSICAL EDUCATION!

By: Paul Zientarski TEDxBend

With more than 40 years of experience in physical education and fitness, Zientraski shares his insights around the correlation of increased academic achievement and fitness within students with his internationally renowned program, Learning Readiness Physical Education (LRPE). Zientraski's program has been featured on major TV networks, documentaries and adopted within the United States and internationally by countries including Denmark, China, South Korea, and Canada.

Paul Zientarski is a passionate speaker, leader and educator from Naperville, Illinois with great insights and knowledge within the realm of physical activity and learning.

ACTIVE KIDS, ACTIVE MINDS

By: Kathlee Tullie TEDxNatick

With a growing inactivity epidemic resulting in growing health concerns and low academic achievement within children, Kathleen took it upon herself to find a solution. Kathleen, Founder and Executive Director of BOKS (Build Our Kids Success), created a free physical activity program that went from one local school in Massachusetts in 2009 to over 2200 schools across the United States and Canada; evening reaching Japan and South Korea.

Kathleen shares her experiences as a mother and researcher to provide solutions to the growing problem of inactivity across the United States and the world.

""Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." -J.M. Barrie