Children’s Health Athletics for Mental and Physical Success (CHAMPS)

CHAMPS logoliam soccerCHAMPS is a research initiative designed to advance our understanding of how participation in supportive and child-centered team athletics fosters growth in multiple domains of child functioning; including social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development.

In the short-term, CHAMPS is designed to help us better understand:

  • How structured play and physical activity influences children’s behaviors, emotions, and cognitive abilities
  • How individual differences in children influence how they respond to various physical activities and coaching styles
  • How families and coaches support children’s learning and engagement during structured physical activity

In the long-term, CHAMPS hopes to promote child development by:

  • Helping coaches develop strategies for how to work with individual children based on the specific behaviors and emotions they display on the playing field
  • Helping families and children participate in athletics by focusing on what may work best for individual children based on their behavior and development
  • Working with programs, coaches, and families to foster fun learning environments for children that maximize their mental and physical potential through healthy athletic activities

CHAMPS is a research and community partnership with the complimentary goals of advancing our knowledge of child development and supporting the growth of children and community recreation programs.  CHAMPS is currently partnered with Rainbow Soccer in Chapel Hill, NC.  For more information about CHAMPS contact Pete Rehder at pdrehder@uncg.edu.

 

CHAMPS Investigators and Graduate Students

Investigators
Roger Mills-Koonce, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Cathi Propper, Ph.D.
Center for Developmental Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Donna Duffy, Ph.D.
Kinesiology
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jennifer L. Etnier, Ph.D.
Kinesiology
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Patricia Garrett-Peters, Ph.D.
FPG Child Development Institute
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nicole Heilbron, Ph.D.
Psychiatry
Duke University
Margaret Swingler, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Laurie Wideman, Ph.D.
Kinesiology
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Michael Willoughby, Ph.D.
FPG Child Development Institute
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bharathi Zvara, Ph.D.
Center for Developmental Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate Students
Pete Rehder
Human Development and Family Studies
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Nick Wagner
Psychology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill