S.W.A.T. is a club that is open to all Roanoke College students, especially those interested in Health and Human Performance. S.W.A.T. stands for Student Wellness Awareness Team, and has the following mission:
The mission of S.W.A.T. is to promote physical activity and behaviors that support healthy living and wellness within the Roanoke College community, and eventually the local Salem community. We plan to raise funds to support the Roanoke Valley Greenways. Possible activities include Midnight Madness, Glow-in-the-Dark volleyball, and an annual 5K Fun Run/Walk.
Those in the Athletic Training major meet once a semester with others in the allied health care profession to discuss current literature and issues in the Sports Medicine field. Orthopedic surgeons, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and Medical Residents have been in attendance for meetings. Students have a chance to experience different perspectives on technique, safety, evaluations, and other valuable tools.
"We want to show students that they don't have to hit the treadmill, that they can play rec basketball and soccer. We provide all the equipment, so they just basically have to have athletic shoes and shorts, like showing up for P.E. class," says Ryberg.