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Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences
Main Gymnasium
Mark VanNess
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Tiger PRIDE Program

Going Beyond Our Gates and Into the Playground

During the 2010 fall semester, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences Professors Dr. Lara Killick and Dr. Darrin Kitchen piloted a new after-school physical activity program at nearby El Dorado Elementary School. They hope to eventually expand the program to all 42 schools in the Stockton Unified School District.

Dubbed Tiger P.R.I.D.E. (Physical Activity, Recreation, Inclusion, Development and Enjoyment), the program currently involves 5th and 6th graders who participate in an 8-week session after school. Three key goals of the program are to improve the children's:

  • Physical fitness level
  • Understanding of the importance of leading physically active lives
  • Enjoyment of physical activities

Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences graduate students assist in managing the program, and undergraduate students are assigned to work at the school as teachers or evaluators. Since many of these students are planning to teach physical education or coach, this gives them practical experience.

"This program was incredibly valuable in preparation for my career as a PE teacher," said Sport Pedagogy major Dianna Snyder, who teaches the 5th graders. "Everything that I learned throughout the Sport Pedagogy program was put to use in the after-school activity program. Through this program I was able to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses as a teacher and determine what I needed to improve upon—I began to become a better teacher."