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Marquell Johnson honored for contributions to adapted physical education

| Michelle Enger

Dr. Marquell Johnson, assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, recently was recognized by the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education organization for his outstanding contributions to teaching adapted physical education to individuals with disabilities.

Johnson received the 2012 Teaching Honor Award for Adapted Physical Education from the WHPE Oct. 25 at the organization's annual convention in Waukesha.

"It is always nice to be recognized, especially for things that are meaningful to you personally," Johnson said.

Johnson started the Physical activity and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in the Eau Claire area (PRIDE) program in 2008, shortly after he joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty.

The program's goal is to help children with disabilities by providing them with individualized and/or group instruction in areas of skill development, fitness and sport/recreational activities.

"I enjoy providing physical activity opportunities for a segment of the population where very few opportunities exist to experience the many benefits of being physically active," Johnson said.

PRIDE serves children ages 5-16 with cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities. The program assists the development of specific movement skills while teaching children that their disabilities do not have to limit their participation in physical activity.

For more information about the PRIDE program, contact Dr. Marquell Johnson at