Rockville, Md. - Marymount University’s men's basketball team recently made two visits to the Kennedy Krieger Institute. This is the third year that the men's team has worked with Kennedy Krieger to provide peer mentoring and interaction for students at the Rockville campus.
On the initial visit, team members met with Rockville campus director Terry Scott and attended a short education session about autism. Team members also learned about the students’ daily routine before breaking up into groups and heading to the classrooms to help students with their work and other activities. This interaction in a familiar setting helped the students and team members get acquainted. Once a certain comfort level was established, the team spent "club time" with the students including sports, cooking, video games, music and art.
"It was a great experience for our guys,” Marymount head coach Chris Rogers said. “Peer interaction is very important for the students at Kennedy Krieger and I am happy that we could provide that. As a group, we have learned a lot about Autism through Terry and the staff at Kennedy Krieger.”
On the second visit, team members and students were more familiar with each other and the team jumped right in. Several Saints led lessons in math and science while others spent time doing projects that teachers and staff members had created especially for the visit. One of the activities was putting together a giant puzzle map that showed students how to get from Rockville to Marymount. The classroom sessions were once again followed by club time and groups were kept the same to build familiarity and increase interaction.
“Our team members feel blessed and I think that each of them sincerely enjoys spending time with the students,” Rogers added. “I hope that we can continue our relationship with Kennedy Krieger in the future and watch both groups progress through school together."
Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.