Brock student-athletes to teach youth in El Salvador
Over the next two weeks, six Brock-student-athletes; Teal Narraway (Stittsville, Ont.), Brianne Veale (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.), Erica Dugas (Mississauga, Ont.), Laura Zavaglia (Mississauga, Ont.), Aly Martin (Burlington, Ont.) and Sarah Brown (Waterloo, Ont.) will be part of an International Perspectives on Development through Sport, Health, and Physical Education class travelling to El Salvador led by professor Dr. James Mandigo.
While in El Salador, this class of future teachers will use sport and games to teach kids life skills that will veer them away from the country’s extreme youth violence.
"Sport has the power to make the world a healthier and better place to live,” said Mandigo. “The students from Brock have an opportunity to apply what they have been learning in their courses and as members of the Badgers in a way that will have an immediate and long-term impact in El Salvador. By helping the children and youth of El Salvador learn life skills through sport and physical education, the communities in which the youth of El Salvador live, learn, and play will be safer now and in generations that follow.”
Brock student-athletes are big community leaders and important role models to young individuals. Each year the Badger athletes put in over 20,000 hours of volunteer work. This opportunity for these six Brock student-athletes is a once in a lifetime experience where they can make a positive impact on these students' lives.
"Our student-athletes are wonderful role models," said Brock Director of Athletics Robert Hilson. "I salute Dr. Mandigo, his students and our six Brock Badger student-athletes. They are reaching out to global community to assist those who are less fortunate. Sport provides an excellent vehicle for international development. I am confident that both the Brock University students and the children of El Salvador will benefit greatly from this Service learning opportunity."
Click below to view statements from each of the six Brock student-Athletes about this teaching opportunity.