Tech to Celebrate Therapeutic Recreation Week

Alumni, faculty and staff from the Arkansas Tech University Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration will participate in the nationwide 2011 Therapeutic Recreation Week July 10-16.
Arkansas Tech offers a therapeutic recreation option through its Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and parks administration.

Students who complete the degree are prepared for careers as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). Professionals in the field use recreation as a means to improve the lives of those with illnesses or disabilities.

Among the highlights of the 2011 Therapeutic Recreation Week in Arkansas will be a proclamation signing by Gov. Mike Beebe inside the State Capitol on Wednesday, July 13, at 11 a.m.

The photograph at right is from the proclamation signing day in 2010.

“Therapeutic Recreation Week is a great opportunity for people to learn more about an important profession,” said Dr. Cathi McMahan, head of the Arkansas Tech Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration. “We look forward to the opportunity to inform interested students about the therapeutic recreation option at Arkansas Tech. It is a great field for those who want to use their passion for recreation to help others in a meaningful and life-changing way.”

Therapeutic Recreation Week is sponsored by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. Estimates by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate there are more than 25,000 active therapeutic recreation professionals in the United States.

Click here to learn more about educational opportunities in the Arkansas Tech Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration.