How do you inspire your students to take action on being physically active? How do you structure your physical education program in a way that allows them to find value, joy, and delight in movement? What role does physical literacy play in this process?

In today’s episode, I had the chance to dig deep into these questions with the well-known researcher, Scott Kretchmar. Scott has devoted his life to helping physical educators understand the tremendous impact that they can have on helping young people embrace physical activity for life. Scott not only shares his educational philosophy and his research, he delves deep into the major life lessons that he has learned that have given him a strong sense of purpose and direction.

Although Scott is now retired, he still goes to his office every day at Penn State to continue his journey of learning. Without question, Scott has committed himself to his cause and made a life of inspiring thousands of professionals from the field of physical education and health to be genuine difference-makers in the work that they do. It was an honor to be able to interview Scott and to learn more about him.

There are sure to be many gems of insight that you will be able to apply to your own work in this episode. Thanks for listening.

Scott’s Bio

Professor R. Scott Kretchmar is one of the leading sports philosophers in the country.  He has taught philosophy of sport for over three decades and played a key role in making it a legitimate field of scholarship and study.  He is one of the founding members of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport and served as its president.  He has also served as the president of the Philosophic Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.  He is a retired professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Exercise and Sports Science department, where he has served as department chair. He was elected as the president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and is leading the way to making the subject of sports philosophy an important facet of the study of Kinesiology.

Scott has received numerous awards over the course of his career and the impact that he has on the field of physical and health has been felt around the world. His bio can be found here:

Connect with Scott

Scott asked me to share his email address and invited people to reach out to him at:

[email protected]

Themes Discussed:

The Joy of Movement, Physical Literacy, Purpose, Sports Philosophy, Relevant & Meaningful PE, Resilience