The celebration of the health gala concludes the 10th anniversary celebrations of the College of Health Solutions

Ashley Campbellprogram coordinator for the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on the Tempe campus, directs Devils Adapt and said it speaks directly to the ASU’s mission of inclusiveness.

“We have had students who changed their specialization after doing our program,” he said. “But in this role, my main focus is on trying to increase the well-being of all students on campus, including anyone who identifies as an adaptive person,” she said. “We instruct our coaches to address athletes as they choose to identify with their disability, as a whole person.”

Campbell and his team have ongoing strategic dialogues with the newborn Coalition for accessibilitywhich serves as the governing body to represent students with disabilities on all four campuses e ASU online.

Garrett Tanner, who is studying digital marketing at the WP Carey School of Business and plans to study disability for minors, currently leads the Accessibility Coalition and is one of the founders of the group. This is his first semester as a participating athlete with Devils Adapt.

“The coalition itself is a kind of umbrella for all other organizations and we are a unifying force,” he said. “The point was to break down the barriers and give the disabled community a place outside of this room (the Adaptive Training Zone).”

ASU student Garrett Tanner completes his first Devils Adapt workout during Fall 2022. Photo by Christopher Goulet / ASU News

Emily Bailey, Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Coordinator at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex, is one of the many student instructors who make a difference.

“Devils Adapt appreciates the physical training aspect of the program, but more importantly, the sense of community that comes with it,” said Bailey, who is studying kinesiology at the College of Health Solutions and is scheduled to graduate in December. “Being a coach is really great. You get that personal one-on-one experience with your athlete, but I think more than the community building aspect is what I really enjoy the most. We don’t come here alone, we train and leave. In a way we are also a kind of family. I love.”

Many of the 2022 attendees shared similar feelings about the Devils Adapt program. In addition to the scheduled workouts, the group gathers for events outside the gym, such as climbing, bowling and escape room.

David Jaulus, a fourth-year graduate student in justice studies and graduate teaching associate at the School of Social Transformation, knows a thing or two about the bonds formed between Devils Adapt athletes and coaches, as this is his full third semester. participating as an athlete.

“We provide a system of emotional support for each other that … you don’t necessarily understand until you are a part of it,” she said. “I would encourage everyone, able-bodied or not, to be part of this program.”

David Jaulus, a fourth-year graduate student of justice studies, trains during the first Devils Adapt workout in fall 2022.

David Jaulus, a fourth-year graduate student of justice studies, trains during a Devils Adapt workout this fall. Photo by Christopher Goulet / ASU News

At the end of the semester, the group celebrates everyone’s accomplishments with a graduation ceremony and trip, which Campbell admitted was difficult to do during the pandemic when many in-person businesses, especially gyms, were closed.

“2020 was a very small class. I think we only had three athletes at the time, but we had five or six coaches, “she said.” Going through those adversities and still being able to do it shows we can overcome anything. “

Campbell says teamwork, resilience, adaptability and community voice were key to the program’s success.

“It is essential to empower the communities we want to uplift. This is how we will make a difference ”.

To join an upcoming class of adaptive athletes or training staff, fill out the form of interest here. Staff positions include adaptive trainers, head coach, and adaptive recreation coordinator. Internship opportunities are also available through the College of Health Solutions.

Top image: Devils Adapt athlete Kyle Meyers trains with his coach Daniel Wu in the Adaptive training zone a Sun Devil fitness complex in Tempe during the first training of the group of the fall semester 2022. Photo by Christopher Goulet / ASU News

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