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WVU grad student studying healthy development through sport in South Africa

A group of South African students with Zenzi Huysmans

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A West Virginia University graduate student hopes to help African youth through sport. Zenzi Huysmans, who was born in the Kingdom of eSwatini in southern Africa, wants to give back to her home country by determining whether sport-based initiatives are an effective tool to support healthy development for young Swazis. 

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“I've been away from home for a while now and it’s been my sense of purpose to one day contribute meaningfully at home in Swaziland. That has kept me going. My dream job would be to run a community-based youth sport program that integrates grassroots sport-specific development with positive sporting experiences and life skills education for Swazi youth. —Zenzi Huysmans, doctoral candidate, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, sport, exercise and performance psychology program. 

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Doctoral student envisions using sport to help disadvantaged youth in Africa

Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology at WVU

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Target Audiences
• People interested in international sport

• People interested in youth development

• People interested in community service

• People interested in using sport to improve childhood development

• People interested in sport psychology



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