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"Finding My Lifesaver": Big Ten champ to speak on triumphs, trials

What if you felt like the only activity you ever loved was the one thing you never wanted to do again? Big Ten champion, Penn State alumna, and author of Finding My Lifesaver Kristen Woodring will explore the pressure of being a student athlete in her presentations on April 1 at 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room as part of Kinesiology Day. This event is free and open to the public, but attendees who are not enrolled in the college are encouraged to RSVP by calling the Kinesiology Office at 610-396-6150.

Like so many high-performing athletes, Woodring spent most of her life training, competing, and winning. But all of her hard work felt wasted when she lost sight of herself and her love of swimming. Her book, Finding My Lifesaver, gives athletes, parents and coaches insight into the pressures student athletes face when they aim to compete at a high level. She raises the issues of mental health and balance that are often overlooked in the world of sports.

This program is part of Kinesiology Day at Penn State Berks, established in dedication of the late Sheila Ridley, a Penn State Berks Kinesiology instructor who was instrumental in the development of the Kinesiology major's Wellness Specialization Option, renamed "Exercise Science," which is currently offered at Penn State Berks.

For more information on this event and Kinesiology Day, please contact Helen Hartman at 610-396-6201 or via e-mail at hah7@psu.edu.
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