The Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise (CAUSE) launched this year, under the leadership of Bridget Niland, JD, Associate Professor of Business Administration and former Director of Athletics. CAUSE offers unified sport and recreational activities to individuals with disabilities alongside Daemen students and student-athletes. Unified sport programs are specifically designed to bring people with and without disabilities together in physical activity. CAUSE also offers support and other opportunities for caregivers. In a short time, CAUSE has gained a solid reputation for high-quality, consistent programming, serving more than 70 families in year one.
CAUSE is an interdisciplinary initiative that links Daemen’s NCAA athletics with sports management, social work, applied behavior analysis, and service learning programming. Faculty members that contributed to CAUSE successes in the first year include:
- William Regan, JD, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Sport Management; Project Director, Spring 2018
- Diane R. Bessel, PhD, LMSW, CNM, Assistant Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director; Leadership Team—program development, strategic planning, and evaluation
- Vicki Madaus Knapp, PhD, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program Director; Leadership Team—program development, student training, and evaluation