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Camp Koinonia Featured in UT’s 2016-2017 Impact Report

The UT Foundation recently sent out a publication to alumni that featured seven efforts provided by the university that have made an impact on the world. Camp Koinonia was one of the seven programs detailed in the report. The week-long camp is held in Crossville, TN each spring and allows 200 UT students to connect with 150 children who have various disabilities. Campers have the opportunity to experience sports like canoeing for the first time because of safe, personalized guidance from the students, who have been trained as counselors. Associate Professor Angela Wozencroft serves as the Camp Koinonia program director.

PhD Student Deeb wins Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship at NASSS

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS) conference took place last week in Windsor, Ontario. At the conference, socio-cultural studies doctoral student Alexander Deeb was awarded the Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship. Only one PhD student is selected to receive the award each year. Deeb is currently a second-year student in the socio-cultural studies of sport doctoral program. His research investigates multiracial athletes in sport. Featured left to right in the photo are Adam Love (his faculty advisor), Deeb, and Algerian Hart, who was Deeb’s master’s degree advisor in the sport management program at Western Illinois University. Deeb had also been awarded this scholarship as a master’s degree student in 2015, so he is now a two-time recipient. A more detailed description of the award can be found at the following site:

Sport Management Grad Receives Life Saving News from Pack of Baseball Cards

Steve Winfree, a 2007 graduate of the Sport Management program, has been fighting for his life the last fourteen years. He recently received news that his life was about to change, just by looking through a new deck of Topps baseball cards from his wife.

During a routine sports physical in 2003, Steve received word that his blood pressure was alarmingly high, which led to the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease. By the age of 21, Steve began having gout attacks that now occur once or twice per month. He has had multiple surgeries on his feet and is at the point now where amputations are being considered. As if that’s not enough to deal with, Steve also has Type I Diabetes which exacerbate his chronic issue. He recently began dialysis as a last resort until a match could be found to donate a kidney.

After being tested to see if she could be a match, Steve’s wife Heather reveals the greatest news he could have hoped for, in a way that is special to both of them. Heather often bought packs of baseball cards when Steve was in the hospital as a way to take their minds off the stress of his medical issues. This pack of cards with the special insert will undoubtedly be their favorite of all time.

The KRSS Department wishes Steve and Heather the best of luck and are hoping for a successful transplant and recovery. Follow Steve’s story on Twitter @Steve_Winfree as he shares updates and continues to raise awareness about organ donation. You can also check out his blog for more information about his journey and how he is using it to encourage others facing similar issues.

47-year old Sport Management graduate featured on WATE

Sport Management undergraduate student Tony Hutchins graduated today, but not without some obstacles to overcome. After deciding to come back after serving in the military, Hutchins was dealt an unexpected blow in being diagnosed with skin cancer. He has served as an intern in the athletics program at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for the past year, as he has hopes of becoming an Athletic Director one day. The school recently honored Tony and the impact he has made on their program and those in the community, and he even received a special message from Coach Butch Jones. WATE covered the story.

Lora Doherty, Senior in Therapeutic Recreation, featured in TN Today

Undergraduate student Lora Doherty, a senior in Therapeutic Recreation, was recently featured in a Tennessee Today article that detailed her research efforts at Operation Purple Camp during the summer of 2016. Angela Wozencroft, Associate Professor in Therapeutic Recreation, helped Doherty through the research process.

Aside from helping her better understand her field of study, Doherty also credits this research experience as what set her apart from the competition when applying to graduate schools. She interviewed with five different graduate programs and was accepted at all five. She will start graduate school in occupational therapy this fall.

KRSS Fun Run on April 28th

The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies will be hosting the “KRSStep into your Future” River Run 2017 on Friday, April 28th at 5pm. Check-in will be at 4pm at 2450 E. J. Chapman Drive and the 5K race will be held at Cherokee Farm where participants can run on the UT Cross Country course right along the Tennessee River.

Early registration is only $20 and includes a t-shirt, water and snacks on site, and the race itself. Register at HPER 322 by April 17th at 2pm to get a t-shirt with the race. Late/on-site registration is $25 and only cash can be accepted.

Joy DeSensi: Athlete, Scholar, and UT Leader

Joy DeSensi, UT Chancellor’s Professor Emerita and longtime scholar and practitioner in the field of sport management, passed away April 1, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 71.

A visitation will be held today, Tuesday, April 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rose Mortuary, where a rosary service will take place at 4:30 p.m. A Catholic Mass will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at John XXIII University Parish Catholic Center.

Joy DeSensi was a much beloved person at the University of Tennessee. Although small in stature, she was a giant in terms of professionalism, integrity, and vision. She was always gracious, and made those around her feel valued and important. For example, as a department head, she would remember each of her colleagues with a birthday card.

Joy attended high school in Pittsburgh. She competed in riflery, the only interscholastic sport open to girls at the time. She eventually won a spot on the Olympic women’s demonstration team in 1968, but unlike other Olympians, she and her teammates did not travel to Mexico City. They were not invited. This experience led her to question why women had different opportunities in sport than men.

Joy attended West Liberty University, in West Virginia. She branched out into other sports and developed a lifelong passion for learning. Later, she earned a Master’s degree from the University of Memphis, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Joy came to UTK in 1983. Her background as an athlete, coach, and Olympic competitor led to her to becoming a faculty member. As she put it, “I became interested in social justice issues all around sport, and especially in opportunities to participate regardless of race, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, politics.” Joy earned a stellar reputation as a scholar, and her research included such areas as: ethics and morality in sport, women in sport, diversity and inclusion in sport, and social issues in sport. Together with Danny Rosenberg, she published a textbook, Ethics and Morality in Sport Management (3rd edition) in 2011.

Joy served as a department head for roughly a decade. She traveled to Korea, and made friendships that were the first step in establishing a long-lasting international relationship between UT and a Korean sports organization (Korean Sports Promotion Foundation, or KSPO). She also trained a number of talented graduate students. Two of them, Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman, went on to establish the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. This organization has received millions of dollars of funding from the U.S. State Department, and has been honored for its work in promoting sport as a means of building bridges between nations.

Joy later became associate dean of the Graduate School, a role that brought her into contact with faculty and students from across the university. She started a “Best Practices in Teaching Program” that provided instruction to graduate teaching assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and new professors.

Joy also held leadership roles in scholarly organizations. She was president of National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education, the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, and the Southern Academy for Women in Physical Activity, Sport and Health. She received many accolades for her service to the profession. She retired from UT in 2015.

Those of us who were fortunate enough to work with Joy or take classes from her remember her steady presence. She often praised us, and took pride in our accomplishments. That was the essence of Joy DeSensi; she was a very kind and gracious person.

We would love to hear from the many students, alumni, colleagues, and friends on whom Joy had an impact. Please share your memories of her on the CEHHS tribute page.

International Sports Medicine Lecture – Dr. Kevin Sprouse


Dr. Kevin Sprouse will be on campus on Monday, April 10 to discuss practicing sports medicine across borders in professional cycling. This lecture is open to all, but should especially be of interest to cyclists as well as Kinesiology and pre-med students at UT.

The lecture will be held on campus at 7pm in Alumni Memorial Building Room 32. Parking for non-students will be available in staff lot 9 on Phillip Fulmer Way.

Lauren Schroeder, incoming Biomechanics PhD student, awarded two fellowships


Lauren Schroeder was awarded the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence and the 2017-2018 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowship. The Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence is a four-year fellowship which aims to attract the best and brightest students worldwide as the university’s premier graduate fellowship program. The J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowship is a one-year award for incoming graduate students who show promise for outstanding graduate work in excellent and demanding programs at the University of Tennessee.

Lauren is currently completing her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a 4.0 GPA. Her thesis research is focused on understanding the influence of a raised surface on knee mechanics and muscle activation patters when running and cutting. Lauren has also been a key member of several research projects that will culminate with co-authorship on several peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Lauren will begin the Kinesiology and Sports Studies doctoral program, Biomechanics specialization, in the fall of 2017 under the supervision of Joshua Weinhandl. Her intended research focus will be on optimizing lower extremity injury prevention strategies by identifying novel modifiable contributing factors with readily available clinical interventions.

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