Recreation and Sport Management Program to Launch New Outdoor Leadership Minor

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The Recreation and Sport Management Program at the College of Education and Health Professions will launch a new Minor in Outdoor Leadership starting in the second eight-week session of the Fall 2022 semester.

The Outdoor Leadership Minor will prepare students for positions in the outdoor recreation and education industry through hands-on experiential learning with an emphasis on hard skills, job skills, and leadership development .

“The new minor is an excellent choice for students already pursuing a degree in recreation and sports management who wish to pursue employment in the growing cycling and outdoor recreation industry,” said Mike Hoover, Ed.D., Clinical Instructor in Outdoor Leadership. “Additionally, this minor is ideal for students in any major who want to enrich their academic resume with relevant, real-world leadership development experiences.”

The new minor is made possible by a donation from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation supporting outdoor recreation programs on the U of A campus. Program partners include the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship Program and Walton College Innovation and Executive Education; the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the Economic Development Division; and university recreation.

Courses in the new minor are open for enrollment and include Rock Climbing I, Outdoor Life Skills, and Natural Resources and Outdoor Ethics. For more information on the minor or for students interested in taking courses in outdoor leadership, please contact Mike Hoover at [email protected]

About the College of Education and Health Professions:The College of Education and Health Professions offers advanced academic degrees along with professional development opportunities and learning communities to serve the education and health systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college provides training and experiences for a variety of professional roles, ranging from community mental health counselors to teachers and school leaders. Adult education and higher education programs, as well as educational technology and sports management, offer a wide range of options. In addition to education-related opportunities, the college prepares nurses, speech-language pathologists, health educators and administrators, recreation professionals, rehabilitation counselors, and human performance researchers.

About the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation: Established in 1987, the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation supports educational initiatives and community initiatives in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

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