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Voorhees faculty member explores experiential learning opportunities for students during USATF Masters Track & Field Championships

Denmark, S.C. – Calvin T. Williams, Jr., assistant professor and program coordinator of sports management, had experiential learning opportunities in mind on a recent trip to USA Track and Field (USATF) Masters Track & Field Championships at Iowa State University.

While in Iowa, Williams coordinated opportunities for Voorhees students to serve as volunteers in the areas of packet pick up and checkin assistants, competitive events, competition support, and hospitality during the championships. He also networked with Masters athletes for future opportunities to speak with sports management students. Williams who is chair of the Masters Track & Field (MTF) Inclusion Subcommittee for the USATF also complete as a way to inspire students to be competitive. During trip, he competed in the 400m and 200m 40-44 age group placing 5th and 7th, respectively.

Williams said his experience competing in the race, embraced his role as a MTF Subcommittee chair to
advocate for MTF individuals of all ages, races, genders, disabilities, education levels, and abilities. “As a
firm believer in practicing what I preach it was fun being able to lead by example and compete in an event
myself,” he said “No one should fear doing something that they enjoy because of what others may think of them. The goal for this committee will be to bridge gaps of personal difference in order to create an all-inclusive sport for Masters athletes,” Williams said. “I am looking forward to building a larger subcommittee team to design inclusion initiatives at future Masters track events. In doing so, I will do everything in my power to represent Voorhees College, our faculty, and students.” Williams is currently the assistant professor and program coordinator of sports management in the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship. He has been a member of the Voorhees College family since 2019.

He earned a master’s degree in sports leadership from Concordia University at Chicago, where he is
currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in public relations from
North Carolina A&T State University, and an associate’s degree in general education from Durham
Technical Community College.
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