Western Kentucky Student Joins Disability Sport Delegation to China

Western Kentucky mascot. Pic courtesy of WKU Folklore Club.

Here comes a reminder as to why you should keep your business cards up to date and on your person at all times. Matt Davis, student and Student Disability Coordinator at Western Kentucky University, wasn’t expecting much when he dropped a card off at the Mobility International table during a conference in Seattle. Next thing he knew, though, he found a follow-up email in his inbox asking him to apply for a slot in the 2012 U.S./China Inclusive Sports and Recreation for Youth with Disabilities Professional Exchange Program. Now he’s packing his bags for Guangzhou.

Davis told WBKO about his upcoming adventure:

Last year MI brought a delegation from Guangzhou to the Eugene, Ore., area “to see how we in the U.S. organize exercise and adaptive sports programs, community programs for youth and adults with disabilities,” he said. “Now they are sending a delegation of eight of us from the U.S. to see how they provide community-based services for individuals with disabilities, what programs they have as far as getting inclusive programs for youth with disabilities and give advice and feedback based on what we do in the U.S. as to how they can start or improve programs.”

Davis seems like a great selection to help facilitate intercultural cooperation in adaptive sport. Not only is he an organizer (he’s president of the Tennessee-based disability organization the National Wheelcats) and an athlete himself. Good luck, Matt! And to the rest of participants in MI’s exchange program!

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