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Active Character

About Active Character

Service learning opportunities for the Health Exercise Sport Sciences Department at Texas Tech University.  Students from ESS 3342 class participate with approximately 30 At Risk 4th and 5th grade elementary students from a primary Hispanic neighborhood.  The program was created by Jeff Key, M.Ed and Dr. Marc Lochbaum and directed by Key.  The program teaches character through discussion, mentoring and the playing of various team sports.  Another goal of the program is to keep students active and help them become life-long exercisers in attempt to reduce obesity.

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Camp Champion 2014

  • June 14-17
  • 8:30am - 11:30am
  • ESC Gym
Camp Champion                             

Camp Champion

Jeff Key, M.Ed created and directs a physical activities camp for elementary age students 6-11 years of age.  With the assistance of Key's Summer  ESS 3335, Health and Physical Education for Children Summer school students, they teach over 50 students a variety of physical and motor skill activities.

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fun & fit - ELPN Grant

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Fun & Fit

East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN) grant provides a service learning  class and an after school program for the Health Exercise Sport Sciences Department at Texas Tech University and the students of ESS 3335 & 3342.  This program teaches motor skill movements and sport skills to elementary age students at Alderson and Harwell Elementary schools.  This four day a week 90 minute program has been a huge success for the  elementary students and for the TTU students. This is directed by Jeff Key, M.Ed.

Burkhart center for autism lifetime fitness classes

Burkhart Center for Autism Class

Burkhart Center for Autism Lifetime Fitness Classes

Jeff Key, M.Ed and his ESS 3335 students lead college age students with autism that are in the Burkhart Center for Autism Transitional Academy in a twice a weekly lifetime fitness classes on campus in the Health Exercise Sport Sciences Gym.  This 60 minute class starts with a cardio respiratory warm-up, static stretching, four fitness stations, then a lifetime sport or activity is taught.

SPAN Learn to ride your bike program                    

BodyMind Initiative

SPAN Learn to Ride Your Bike Program 

Monthly South Plains Autism Network ( SPAN) Meetings – Provide physical activities for elementary age autistic students with the assistance of Health, Exercise, Sport Science majors and the TTU Health Science Center Speech and Occupational Therapy Majors.

Raider Wellness                                       

Special Projects

Raider Wellness

The Health Exercise Sport Sciences class, taught by Mr. Jeff Key, teaches future teachers how to teach health and physical education in elementary schools.  The health fair is the TTU student’s final project for the semester.

TTU students work in small groups to develop a topic on wellness and health.  Each topic or station will have a Poster, a game to reinforce what the main concept or point is about the topic and small give away to remind students of the major concept of the topic.  The elementary students will stay at each station for approximately five minutes before rotating to the next station. For more information, contact Jeff Key, M.Ed.


For More Information:

Jeff Key, M.Ed.
Instructor & Coordinator of Community Outreach
Exercise & Sport Sciences, Rm 108
(806) 834-3375