By FELIPE PEREZ JR.
The Kinesiology Majors Club helps prepare students for careers in kinesiology by giving them experience in organizing events such as a 10- and 5-mile run.
Kinesiology Instructor Chris Dillon, club adviser, said, “Students are going to graduate with an associate degree and on to a bachelor’s. And they need to have that experience.”
When hiring, companies not only want employees to have a degree, they also want experience, such as participation in community events, he said.
Other advisers are kinesiology Instructor Dawn Brooks and Professor Brad Dudney. Dillon was a former member of the club, which students refer as the K-Club.
Dillon joined the club in 2000 when he was a student, and Brooks was his faculty adviser.
“I can really reach out to our members and be a mentor to them because I used to be in their shoes,” Dillon said.
The K-Club is open to majors and anyone with an interest in sports, health, coaching, physical fitness and dance.
“You might be an English or education major, but you love sports,” Dillon said. “You might consider this as a minor or if you have ever thought about coaching on the side. The K-Club is here to help with that as well.”
The club advises students in networking.
“Students should be passionate about what they do; if you’re passionate about what you do the rest will take care of itself. And make sure you network, network, network,” Dillon said.
The club will sponsor the fifth annual SAC 10 & 5 Miler Boot Camp Run at 8 a.m. Nov. 17. The run will be at the Leon Creek Greenway Trailhead behind the Drury Inn at 15806 Interstate 10 West.
Last year the event drew 250 runners.
Proceeds from this event go to funding the Jean Dudney and Nelda Drury kinesiology scholarships named for two former professors. The Dudney scholarship is for a kinesiology student and the Drury scholarship is for a dance student.
The Kinesiology Majors Club meets at 2 p.m. each month on the first and third Wednesday in Room 126 of Candler Physical Education Center.
For more information, visit the department’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sackinesiology.