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Springfield College Hosts Middle Eastern Sports Professionals

September 22, 2011

Middle Eastern Sports Professionals SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 22, 2011 – Sports professionals from the Middle East were on campus in early September as part of a benchmarking trip undertaken to help them determine best practices in physical education and sport.

Salah Al-Saka, Ph.D., and Jemel Buck traveled on behalf of the Saudi National School Sports and Physical Education (K-12) Advisory Committee and the Saudi University Sport Federation, of which Al-Saka is a member and Buck is a consultant. Buck is also the chief executive officer of the Middle Eastern Sports Academy in Dubai.

Springfield College’s international reputation in physical education and sport prompted the two to visit the campus, meet with faculty and athletic administrators, and tour the facilities. They also visited local elementary and high schools. The visit was part of a multiple country trip during which they were researching the best practices in physical education, physical education teacher preparation, and scholastic and intercollegiate sports.

"Springfield College is honored to host such influential members of the athletic and educational infrastructure of the Middle East,” said Charles Redmond, dean of health, physical education, and recreation. “The College prides itself on its relationships with educators in many nations and we are appreciative of the experiences and perspectives of Salah Al-Saka and Jemel Buck.”

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