Kinesiology Organizations & Activities
Through UIndy’s Department of Kinesiology, you can get involved in a variety of organizations and volunteer activities to build your experience level, show your professionalism and connect with other students who are just as passionate about your field of study.
The Kinesiology Club is open to all students and seeks to provide unique, rewarding, and resume-building opportunities for students. The organization is student-led under the direction of Dr. Michael Diacin, assistant professor of sport management.
Past activities of the club have included:
- Presenting on original research projects at the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) state conventions
- Assisting with Indiana Special Olympics events
- Holding guest speaker events with Arthur Hightower (NCAA), Jason McGuinness (Indiana Pacers) and Nancy Barton (IUPUI)
- Assisting with the NCAA YES Clinics, held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s & Women’s Final Four
Phi Epsilon Kappa
Phi Epsilon Kappa, the Kinesiology Honor Society, recognizes academic excellence, leadership and scholarly activities in kinesiology. Inductees are given the opportunity to participate in local and national activities.
Students are eligible to join once they have completed 60 total credit hours, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in a kinesiology major. Students must also have maintained a 3.5 GPA and other standards of academic integrity. An induction ceremony honoring new students is held each fall.
Numerous employers in kinesiology-related fields have said that volunteer experiences are something they look for on a résumé. At UIndy, you’ll have multiple opportunities to participate in community and service learning projects.
Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival
Reaching 20,000 people each November, the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival uses new, innovative workshops and programs to increase civic engagement and make Central Indiana a better place. At this event, students often work alongside other neighborhood organizers, administrating activities focused on physical activity and wellness. In recent years, community health education and health and physical education students have interacted with children and adults, creating indoor obstacle courses and teaching fun activities such as Frisbee and hula hooping.
Special Olympics Indiana
Since 2010, UIndy kinesiology students have been planning, organizing and running the Special Olympics State Youth Basketball Tournament. This tournament hosts approximately 400 athletes and their families in a day of fun and competitive basketball. Student organizers recruit and supervise over 200 volunteers who participate in fun and educational activities with the Special Olympics athletes and manage the operations of the tournament.
Kinesiology students also volunteer to assist in the implementation of other Special Olympic state events including bowling, golf, competitive walking and training activities.
Indiana Sports Corp
Since 1979, Indianapolis has hosted more than 400 national and international sport events, including 17 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and 55 NCAA Championship events. Over the years, students have volunteered to assist the Indiana Sports Corp in running a multitude of NCAA Championship events, Big Ten Championship events and various Olympic Trials. Students have served in a wide variety of capacities including Street Team members, ticket takers, orientation assistants and timers and athlete escorts, to name a few.
Community health education
Community health education students have participated in volunteer work or partnerships with such organizations as the YMCA of Central Indiana, Marion County Health Department, Ruth Lilly Health Education Center and the Social Health Association of Indiana. Students have also staffed Red Out events for the American Heart Association, completing such tasks as taking blood pressure readings for community members and educating them about heart health.