Recreation and Sport Administration Program to Launch New Outside Management Minor


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The College of Education and Health Professions Recreation and Sports Management program will introduce a new outdoor leadership course beginning with the second eight-week session of the Fall 2022 semester.

The Outdoor Leadership Minor prepares students for positions in the outdoor recreation and education industries through hands-on experiential learning, with an emphasis on technical skills, professional competencies and leadership development.

“The new minor is an excellent choice for students already pursuing a degree in recreation and sports management and seeking jobs in the booming cycling and outdoor recreation industries,” said Outdoor Leadership Clinical Instructor Mike Hoover. “Additionally, this minor is a great fit for students of any major who want to add relevant and real-world leadership development experience to their academic resume.”

The new minor is made possible by a gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, which supports outdoor recreational programs on U of A’s campus. Program partners include the Walton College Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Venture Innovation and Executive Education Program; the Office for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the Department of Economic Development; and university recreation.

Courses in the new minor are enrollable and include Climbing I, Outdoor Living Skills, and Natural Resources and Outdoor Ethics. For more information about the minor or for students interested in purchasing coursework in outdoor leadership, please contact Mike Hoover at [email protected]

About the University of Education and Health Professions:The College of Education and Health Professions offers advanced academic degrees, professional development opportunities, and learning communities serving the education and health systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college provides the training and experience for a variety of professional roles, from community mental health counselors to school teachers and leaders. Programs in adult and higher education, as well as educational technology and sports management, offer a wide range of options. In addition to educational opportunities, the college prepares nurses, speech therapists, health educators and administrators, recreational professionals, rehabilitation consultants, and human capacity researchers.

About the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation: The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, established in 1987, supports educational and community initiatives in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.