Welcome to the Physical Activity Mentoring Program
for Persons with Disabilities
Fall Session: Monday, October 7th – Saturday, December 7th, 2013
The Physical Activity Mentoring Program for Persons with Disabilities is sponsored by the Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. This innovative community-service program matches college students (mentors) with children and adults (mentees) with disabilities, ages 5 and above. The goals of the mentoring program are to increase physical activity, improve nutrition habits, and enhance community-based physical activity experiences for persons with disabilities through significant one-on-one relationships. The program requires completion of surveys at the start and end of each 8-week session.
Mentors are college students from all areas of academic study who are interested in obtaining meaningful experiences with children or adults with disabilities. A background in or experiences working with persons with disabilities is helpful, but not required for mentors. Program staff prepares college students for participation. Mentors must pass background checks and participate in a training session prior to providing physical activity experiences. Program sessions are 8-weeks in length, with a minimum of two, 1-hour meetings per week with mentees for physical activity. Visit our mentor page for information about this exciting service learning opportunity for college students.
Mentees are referred to the program by
parents, teachers, doctors, friends, counselors, and others. A
mentee application must be completed by a parent/guardian
for participation consideration. The program is free, but minor
fees may apply when participating in community programs or
activities. See our
parent information to learn more about registering your
child/guardian and other aspects of the program.
Physical activity takes place in numerous settings
including UW-La Crosse facilities such as the Wittich Hall swimming
pool, the Eagle Student Recreation Center, and Mitchell Hall. Off
campus sites for physical activity include Hixon Forest, Myrick Park,
bowling alleys, Forest Hills Golf Course, La Crosse Park and Recreation
Department areas, outdoor swimming pools, Children's Museum, Pettibone
Park, YMCA, bike/running/walking trials, and many other La
Crosse area locations. The types of physical activity are wide
ranging, but we emphasize relevant experiences that link with school
goals, parent requests, and/or involvement in community programs in
which the mentee is enrolled or planning to enroll for future
View our DVD to see the Physical Activity Mentoring Program in action.