Friday, May 13, 2011

Senior Citizen Field Day: Working in the Community

Peggy Hothem, professor of recreation and leisure studies, and students in her Programming in Recreation course hosted a senior citizen “field day” over the weekend in collaboration with the Beverly Council on Aging and cosponsored by The Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.

The event, a first for the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, offered a great day of fun for area senior citizens, including time with the professional recreation group Knucklebones, and valuable learning opportunities for students.

Drawing from several local councils on aging, 35 senior citizens participated in the fun-filled morning at the Brigham Athletic Field. Student volunteers—many friends of students in the class—also helped provide a great day for our campus guests. “The students seemed so mature to me,” said Marie Barry, a Beverly resident. Sharing a story about the work ethic of Gordon students quietly jumping in and out of a game when players were needed, Barry wrote a letter of thanks to Dr. Hothem. “You can be very proud of them.”

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