UNCW has been recognized by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium for outstanding community involvement. In identifying the university as an exemplary non-finalist for the organizations’ 2018 Community Engagement Scholarship Award, judges singled out the contributions of UNCW’s recreation therapy program, which provides adaptable, accessible recreation and exercise programs to underserved groups in the region.

 “UNCW’s recreation therapy program focuses on preparing students to become competent and compassionate healthcare professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people of all ages with disabilities and illnesses,” said Candy Ashton-Forrester, recreation therapy program coordinator and professor. “Our students and faculty collaborate with many community partners, creating strong ties between the university and the region that we serve.” 

The university’s Strategic Plan emphasizes efforts to expand those connections through research, engagement and cultural experiences that contribute to the quality of life across the region. 

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Originally published June 28, 2018. Written by Tricia Vance.