The Kilborn Award for Program Design Excellence was created in 2011. Students in Western Illinois University's Recreation Park and Tourism Administration Department's Administration of Leisure Services course develop comprehensive recreation programss.
The award is named after Ben Kilborn, who presented a professional, feasible, creative and detailed program proposal in the class. Each year, recreation programmers in the mid-west region review each student's project proposal websites and vote for the most comprehensive, well-presented and excellent program. Following are the students who have won the Kilborn Award for Program Design Excellence:
Kilborn Cure All Golf Getaway (Fall 2011)
Description: The Kilborn Cure All Golf Getaway is a program designed to help golfers improve their golfing abilities dramatically in just two days. The program will take place in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois at Royal Links golf course. Through partnering with The First Tee of Greater Chicago this program will able to stand apart from all other conventional golf lessons. This program will be taught by myself, a certified golf teaching professional. In just two days all aspects of the game of golf will be covered. From becoming stronger and more flexible in the weight room, to becoming mentally tougher will allow one self to manage their game on the course under pressure. Through technology I will have the ability to help a participant create a fundamental golf swing through slow motion analysis. The participants will stay in a cabin on the golf course. Where we will not only have lessons on the golf course, but indoors. Teaching sessions regarding one’s mental toughness to control their emotions and thus determine how one can reach their true potential. We will get up at 6 a.m. everyday and begin with working out and becoming more flexible and stronger. These workouts will allow a participant to take home the proper knowledge needed to continue developing their abilities. Then we will head to the course for one on one sessions regarding short game and full swing and eventually on the course instruction. The Kilborn Cure All Golf Getaway will improve any golfers abilities no matter what their talent level may be. No other instructor has ever guaranteed such a promise, but spending two days under my teaching will prove The Kilborn Cure All Golf Getaway can truly cure your golf game.
Youth Outdoor Participation Project | Y.O.P.P. (Fall 2012)
Description: The Youth Outdoor Participation Project’s main goal is to provide disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to experience and learn in a natural environment. Through the instruction we provide, campers at the Holiday Home Camp will be granted a setting were they can challenge themselves at their own pace and discover that failure is the best way to succeed. I believe that learning through play is the best way to reach all kids and this program is a￼￼ reflection of that. All of our activities include some element of outdoor education and environmental education. These activities target the specific age group of participants, challenging them as a group and individuals. It is through these activities that we aim to increase confidence, trust, and group cohesion. As a result we believe that campers will naturally build positive relationships with their fellow campers and staff. With the help of Holiday Home Camp I believe that Y.O.P.P. and HHC can achieve our mutual goals.
Battleship Live Tournament (Fall 2013)
Cole Carmack, Patrick Flesner, Matt Gorecki, Corey Holzer & Rachel Slama
Description: The Battleship Live Tournament took place on December 3rd, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. These five RPTA students wanted to create a fun and unique activity for other students at Western Illinois University to release stress and anxiety from their upcoming finals. Battleship Live was hosted at the Student Recreation Center at WIU. Nine teams participated in this energetic and thrilling event. Each team ranged from two to four players in each canoe and each person was given a bucket. The goal is to fill the opponents canoe with water until they tip over or sink. To keep players on their feet, large hoses with cold water were spraying throughout the battles. There was a double elimination so that teams were able to play more than once. The winning team received Walmart gift cards.