Dr. Sandy Alspach, Dr. Brady Flachs, and Sports Communication Student Researchers Megan Jean and Sean Williams will be hosting a Humanities Colloquium on Thursday, April 19th from 11:00am to 11:50am in the University Center 209 entitled “The Power of Sports: Unified Sports and Its Impact.” During the presentation, this group will discuss their Sports Leadership Institute research project.
The Sports Leadership Institute (Sports Communication) research project for 2018 celebrates our continuing relationship with Area 5 Special Olympics (SO) Michigan (Mecosta and Osceola Counties). During the inaugural Unified Sports basketball intramurals, the research team of six students collected data about the power of sports to bridge differences and influence collegians’ attitudes toward greater understanding and inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). The research team also observed and interviewed their ID partners to see the impact of Unified Spots on these athletes’ increased self-awareness and self-efficacy. This project, and the creation of a SO College Club dedicated to managing Unified Sports as part of the University Recreation intramural program, anchor the platform of Honors student Sean Williams’ tenure as Ferris State’s 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. The project was competitively selected for presentation at the 2018 Summit of the International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) in late April at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.