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Hofstra Students Present Elementary Physical Education Plan at Long Island Conference

Two Hofstra students participated in the 2016 Nassau Zone conference earlier this spring. Ariana Drauch (above, right) and Danielle Gresalfi, who are enrolled in the School of Education’s Physical Education and Health: BS (’16)/Health and Physical Education: MS (’17) dual degree program, presented Krossfit for Kids at the annual event.

Hosted by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, the conference attracts hundreds of health and physical education teachers and athletic directors from across Long Island. “[Ariana and Danielle] had over 50 people at their session and received positive feedback from teachers, administrators and professors about their innovative ideas on how to teach fitness to elementary school students in physical education classes,” said Dr. Sharon R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Specialized Programs in Education.

Drauch and Gresalfi, who each won Hofstra’s Physical Education Student of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and were nominated for the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Major of the Year, collaborated on an abstract and submitted it to the Nassau Zone. Their abstract was chosen to present at this year’s conference, which was held at Adelphi University in Garden City.

“Krossfit for Kids is a program that offers students a fun, communal atmosphere for working out,” Gresalfi said. “It focuses on body weight exercises for younger students and offers games that can be beneficial for weight training.”

For their presentation, the duo created a program that included information about Krossfit for Kids and different ideas that teachers can use in the classroom. They also offered a sample lesson plan and assessment ideas for teachers.

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