Gators in Motion is an after-school sport based youth development program, serving middle school kids several times a week onsite at the University of Florida’s Florida Gymnasium. It is a partnership between the UF’s Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association and UF’s College Reach Out Program. Through the administration of a data-driven and time-tested curriculum, Gators in Motion aims to positively impact youth participants in three distinct, yet interrelated, facets of their lives: academics, life skills, and athletics. To this end, the program offers a unique blend of sport, life lessons and academic tutoring aimed at facilitating personal and life skills development, enhancing academic skills, fostering a desire for education, as well as increasing the physical literacy and activity of its participants. Specifically, the program meets development objectives in the following ways:
UF’s College Reach Out Program provides academic support in the form of one-on-one tutoring and assistance with homework, course and test preparatory lessons, study skill enhancement, as well as the monitor and evaluation of educational metrics and academic behaviors.
Life Skills and Character Development
Through interaction with trained academic and athletic instructors, students will learn, develop, and enhance character skills, confidence, goal setting approaches, emotional intelligence, and conflict resolution strategies.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Trained tennis and sport specialists teach students proper stretching and cooling down techniques, healthy exercise and eating habits, the value of nutrition, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle via sport and physical activity.
Sport and Physical Activity
In addition to learning sport-specific skills and activities, students have their physical literacy monitored and evaluated. This involves measuring their motor competence, sport-related confidence and motivation, as well at their levels and enjoyment of physical activity.
Who We Are
Dr. Trevor Bopp is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Athlete and Athletics Development and Research (LAADR). His focused research line investigates psycho-social and socio-cultural influences on athlete development, as well as quality of life, well-being and managerial issues in sport organizations and their constituents. Within these broad areas exist his particular interests in (a) examining amateur athlete development and well-being spanning the personal, professional and social life of the individual and (b) understanding diversity and discrimination at the youth, recreational, and intercollegiate levels of participation and management.
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