Lora Doherty, a senior in therapeutic recreation, has been researching how camps can help children in military families cope with a parent’s deployment. The research not only deepened her understanding of coursework but also gave her a leg up on other applicants when applying to graduate school. Doherty, of Knoxville, is among 1,400 UT undergraduates involved in
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More than 200 UT students are in Crossville, Tennessee, this week serving as counselors for kids with disabilities at Camp Koinonia, part of the Therpeutic Recreation program. Gene Hayes, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, started the camp 35 years ago hoping to give kids with severe disabilities the most typical summer camp experience possible.
When she was in the Navy, Melissa Watson was one of the first women trained to use hand-to-hand combat, if needed, during searches of foreign ships in a war zone. Watson finished eight years of military service in 2007 and is now at UT Knoxville working on her master’s degree in therapeutic recreation. She hopes to use her healing hands to work with injured soldiers and veterans.