By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Victor Valley College will add spinning cycles to its fitness center allowing students to build cardiovascular endurance, thus increasing their health and wellness thanks to support from the Victor Valley College Foundation. Kinesiology Instructor Debra Blanchard was named as a recipient of a 2013 Fall Campus Grant from the Foundation to support her plans to add spinning to the college curriculum.
All students pursuing an Associate’s Degree must take at least one physical education course. The College provides direction and guidance for these activities through organized classes, supervised and open lab experiences. The Fitness Center serves as a lab for Kinesiology classes and serves about 2,000 students per year. Spinning has not previously been available at Victor Valley College.
“This grant will help us to continue the expansion of the Victor Valley College weight room to a full service fitness center,” said Blanchard in her application.
Spinning is a indoor cycling activity that uses stationary bicycles in a structured exercise to mimic the intensity of an outdoor cycling experience. As a physical fitness activity, spinning offers a number of benefits. Students who use the spin cycles can expect to burn calories, build muscle tone, increase their cardiovascular endurance and relieve stress. Spinning is an indoor, low impact activity which is not limited by weather and has less risk of injury than do many other forms of exercise.
The grant was provided as part of the Victor Valley College Foundation Campus Grants program which awards up to $2,500 in funding to help faculty and staff implement projects that enhance the educational experience for students. Five grants were provided during the Fall 2013 grant cycle. These supported Robotics, Model United Nations, Kinesiology, Automotive and Diesel programs at Victor Valley College.
Victor Valley College Campus Grants are provided from proceeds of the Foundation’s Annual Fund.
“When donors give to our Annual Fund we can help the college to do great things for students,” said Don Brown, President of the Victor Valley College Foundation. “The Annual Fund gives us the flexibility to respond to urgent needs and innovative solutions. Gifts to the Annual Fund have the broadest reach and touch the most lives.”
The Foundation’s Annual Fund is supported by charitable gifts, online donations memberships in groups like the President’s Circle and through proceeds of fundraising events. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, visit www.vvcfoundation.com.