Education faculty member and Fairmont native Matt Schmuck says that providing students their first opportunity to experience adventure sports and West Virginia geography is his passion. To be able to do that in the classroom is his honor. “Every day I get to introduce students from around the country to the benefits of outdoor recreation for the first time,” he says. The School of Education, Health and Human Performance offers students many opportunities to experience adventure sports as part of their curriculum in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership minor. Courses include rock climbing, backcountry living skills and adventure water sports. “Many people are intimidated to try adventure sports for the first time,” Schmuck says. “By educating them in the safety and skills necessary to excel, we remove the worry and enable our students to be active participants in a healthy and adventurous lifestyle.” 

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“Providing students the knowledge and skills to experience adventure sports for the first time is my passion. To be able to do it in the classroom is my honor.”

Matthew Schmuck
School of Education, Health and Human Performance Faculty