Emory Names April Flint Assistant AD - Will Head Up Recreation & Play Emory Program

Emory Names April Flint Assistant AD - Will Head Up Recreation & Play Emory Program

(Nov. 1, 2012) - Emory University Athletics Director Tim Downes has announced the appointment of April Flint as Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation & Play Emory.  Flint began her duties on Oct. 17.

Flint has an extensive background at the higher-education level in directing both recreation and intramural departments as well as serving as an instructor.  She served as the Director of Intramural Sports and Fike Day Camp at Clemson University from 2007 through 2012 with some of her responsibilities including the coordination, development and maintenance of all daily operations, marketing, facilities and programming that served approximately 5,000 individual participants and 80-90 summer-day campers.  She oversaw the training and development of graduate and undergraduate staff members, and also aided the development of the campus recreation budget while managing the intramural sports budget.

In the Fall of 2013, Emory will be launching a new and innovative recreation program to be located within the Department Athletics and Recreation.  The implementation of this program follows a year-long external review and recommendations from consultant, Brailsford & Dunlavey, on how to deliver health and wellness through physical activity across the University in a more consistent, efficient and financially sustainable manner.  Play Emory seeks to carry an individual from an existing state to a transformed state by deploying a three-phased approach to health and wellness through physical activity – Teach, Translate and Transform.

“The Play Emory program is a novel approach to physical education and an exciting collaboration between the College and Campus Life,” said Joanne Brzinski, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Emory College of Arts and Sciences.  “In addition to instruction in exercise or a sport, students learn to incorporate physical activity into their busy lives and discover recreation options they can sustain – an approach we hope leads to a life-long habit of physical activity.  The College welcomes April Flint’s leadership and looks forward to working with her to develop Play Emory.”

The Play Emory program will ultimately replace the current Department of Health and Physical Education program within Emory College and the Fitness Emory program within Athletics & Recreation. The Play Emory program is being piloted this fall with expectations for full implementation for undergraduates in the Fall of 2013.  Access to Play Emory for graduate students and faculty and staff will follow at a later date.

“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to build and grow the Play Emory program,” Flint stated.  “Play Emory is a wonderful chance to collaborate within the campus community, while being innovative and providing the connection between healthy behaviors through physical activity and future success.”

Prior to her tenure at Clemson, Flint worked at Georgia Tech in various capacities from 2001 through 2007.  While on the Flats, Flint served as the Sport Club, Summer Camp & Special Events Coordinator where she oversaw and advised 33 sport clubs, teCh wReCk Day Camp, and special events. In addition, she was GTU’s initial Intramural Coordinator with that position involving nearly 4,500 participants.

“April’s programmatic background in recreation at Georgia Tech and Clemson, along with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education, gives her a unique combination of skills as we look to meld the academic elements of physical education into a modern recreation program,” Downes said. “I’m extremely confident that the University will be well served as we explore the exciting possibilities of our new Recreation/Play Emory program.”

Flint earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management from Georgia Southern and later obtained her master’s degree in sport administration from Georgia State University in 2003.  In September of this year, she earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Clemson.  She is a member of the Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional Registry and a member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.