Students Travel to DC to Meet with Lawmakers

March 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Troy, NY – Sage students will travel to our nation’s capital this week, to discuss physical education legislation with elected officials.

PT in DC 1Professor Constantine Psimopoulos will accompany Jacob Dixon, Steven Nilsen, Budhan Ramcharan, Krystal Richtmeyer and Devin Bedient to Washington, DC for the third annual National SPEAK! Out lobbying day. All are in their third year at Sage, majoring in physical education. They will serve as advocacy ambassadors for physical education and will meet with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) to discuss the future and quality of physical education in New York state elementary and secondary schools.

Sage’s attending students were selected by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) to represent New York and are the first group of students to serve as advocacy ambassadors. The students will be involved with co-sponsoring legislation, which would increase support for educators and physical education activities throughout the state. The bill would include PE in the list of core academic subjects.

“The fact that these students were chosen to represent our state and participate in SPEAK! Out is an accomplishment in itself,” said Psimopoulos. “This is an amazing opportunity for our students, who are also representing Sage.”

SPEAK Out! Day was established three years ago in the hopes of giving NASPE members a more influential voice in the legislative process.