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Philanthropic support to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation makes possible everything from student’s financial aid and research to classrooms and labs with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

The curiosity, discovery and engagement of our faculty, researchers and students will continue to benefit communities locally and abroad. We will do so in an integrated environment, creating a rich learning experience for faculty and students.

Each donor and their reason for giving is unique. We work with you to identify specific areas of interest and ensure that your funds are invested so as to ensure greatest impact.

Orchesis Dance Program

Orchesis Dance Program was founded by University of Alberta dance educator, Prof. Dorothy Harris, in 1964. Orchesis Dance Program is one of the oldest student organizations at the University of Alberta. For more than 50 years this program has provided opportunities to students, alumni and members of the community with a desire to dance, choreograph and perform. The Motif performance is held annually at the University of Alberta’s Horowitz Theatre

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Play Around the World

Play Around the World (PAW) is a service learning course offered by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Students are placed in either South America (Peru), Asia (Cambodia or Thailand) or Canada (Fort Providence, Northwest Territories). PAW offers students an opportunity to develop a sense of global awareness and citizenry, through collaboration with various schools, orphanages, community based organizations and government agencies

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Adopt an Athlete

The Adopt-An-Athlete Program provides essential support for Golden Bears and Pandas teams. This financial aid is key to the continuation of sport excellence at the University of Alberta and assists today's motivated and talented student-athletes in their journey to become tomorrow's leaders.

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Physical Activity and Diabetes Lab

Our Physical Activity and Diabetes Laboratory (PADL) has a vision to optimize the use of physical activity in the prevention and management of diabetes.Physical activity is a cornerstone to better management of diabetes. It can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, and it’s critical in controlling blood glucose levels and improving health.

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Physical Activity and Cancer Research

Our faculty is focused on generating new knowledge with respect to how physical activity can help prevent cancer, mitigate the side effects of cancer treatments, enhance long term survivorship and quality of life, reduce the risk of disease recurrence, and improve survival.


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Mountains101

The University of Alberta is soon to establish Canada’s first fully integrated and interdisciplinary institute for Mountain Studies, one that can not only define an emerging new discipline but that can bring researchers, students, and community participants together in improving our understanding of mountain practices, places, and peoples.




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Replica Limited Edition Alberta Bear

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and the opening of the new Physical Activity and Wellness Centre (PAW) a life-sized cast bronze bear has been commissioned to stand guard at the new Centre.The purchase of one out of one hundred limited edition desk top replica of the Alberta Bear will help fund the new Physical Education and Recreation International Travel Scholarship.

Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certifcate

This certificate is jointly offered by the faculties of Native Studies and Physical Education and Recreation. Learn the skills you need to work in the emerging field of Aboriginal sport and recreation. Study will focus on Indigenous health and wellness through sport and recreation.

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The Steadward Centre

Through the development of research and the dissemination of knowledge through education our vision is to support independence and inclusion of children, youth and adults living with impairments in their communities.

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