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New Interactive CD Helps Teachers and Recreation Professionals Introduce Children to Snow Sports
By Patrick Thorne
Saturday, 18 August 2007
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Collaborates with Industry Partners to Create “Best Practices for Learning”
McLean, VA.- A new interactive CD that teaches children “best practices” for snow sports will be available free this fall for use by physical education and classroom teachers, recreation directors, and other professionals involved in getting children active. Developed through SnowSports Industries America’s (SIA) Winter Feels Good initiative, the CD is the result of a collaborative partnership between SIA, Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA/AASI), the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA), Snow Monsters and the Ski Utah School Program. The package was presented recently at the annual meeting for the Midwest Ski Areas Association in Galena , IL .
The CD includes a variety of learning tools including interactive “edu-games” illustrating how to dress for snow sports and easy-to-do warm up exercises demonstrated by the popular Snow Monsters characters, lesson plans, parent take-home flyers, and other resources that will enable children to learn the basics of snow sports right in their classroom or at home. All content included on the CD also will be posted on the http://www.winterfeelsgood.com and www.snowmonsters.com Web sites.
Targeted toward elementary school children, Snow Monsters characters – Snowball the Tiger, the Snowboard Beaver, the X (cross country/telemark) Wolf and Snowshoe Roo - show children the importance of layering, basic conditioning exercises that help improve agility, muscle strength and balance and tips about the products needed for alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The learning modules include quizzes to allow children to “self test” what they have learned. For example, children must properly outfit the characters before they can cruise off on-line for a snow sports experience. The educational material included on the CD has been reviewed by PSIA/AASI and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the official membership organization for physical education professionals
“We are thrilled to be working with so many industry partners on this project to bring right into schools and community activity programs the kind of basic information that children and their parents need to get started in snow sports,” said David Ingemie, president of SIA. “We see this as the first step in a process that will eventually include many more topics related to the world of snow sports.”
The CD package will be distributed in the fall of 2007 through resort and retail outreach programs and through professional organizations that represent “activity leaders” including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the YMCA and the National Association of Parks and Recreation. Winter Feels Good project managers also are working with the National Ski Areas Association, the Cross Country Ski Areas Association and state resort association to encourage local use in schools, recreation and parks departments, physical activity organizations and health groups.