Young adults from the RECESS program at the YMCA in Greenville took a field trip to Erskine College Sept. 26.
It was the group’s first trip to the Erskine campus, but they had gotten a taste of the Erskine experience earlier in the year when Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dan Corsi and some of his students were paired with RECESS participants during the Special Olympics Spring Games April 10 in Greenville.
“We had such a good time with them that I thought it would be great if they had the opportunity to spend the day as a college student,” Corsi said.
The day began with a brief campus tour, he said, and group members got to listen in on a class in progress. “Then we made our way to the dining hall, where they had the chance to experience college cafeteria dining, which they really enjoyed. Special thanks to Randy Moore and the Aramark staff!”
The group visited the Galloway Center and then received one-on-one instruction on the baseball field from several members of the Erskine team. “Thank you, Coach Nichols, for providing a great experience and the souvenir Flying Fleet hats!”
RECESS stands for Recreation, Exercise, Community, Education, Service, and Social. “The group is made up of young adults aged 18 to 30 with special needs who attend the YMCA in Greenville Monday through Friday for a variety of activities including instructional classes, daily devotionals, social time, and an opportunity to use the fitness facilities of the YMCA,” Corsi said.
Especially rewarding for Corsi was the welcome the RECESS group received on campus. “It was so nice to see Erskine students who were previously unaware of this group offering to sit with them during lunch, saying hello, helping them find their way through the cafeteria line, and I could go on,” he said. “I have already had several students ask me, ‘When are they coming back? I would like to help.’”
Corsi reported that each of the 15 RECESS visitors enjoyed themselves. “In fact, they were smiling the entire time,” he said.