Engaging and inspiring, Game Changer: Phil Lawler’s Crusade to Help Children by Improving Physical Education
charts Lawler’s tireless mission to refocus physical education to a wellness-based model that encourages fitness for a lifetime. Game Changer captures the passion of this legend in the field of physical education who believed that every child—regardless of athletic ability—should be given a chance to find an activity he or she can embrace and enjoy for a lifetime.
The renowned Dr. Kenneth Cooper of Cooper Aerobics Center names Phil Lawler the "Father of the New PE." Game Changer
offers an inspiring glimpse at the life of Lawler and his "New PE," the wellness-based approach to physical education that has energized a revolution in the world of education.
Full of ideas and strategies, Game Changer
provides both the information and motivation to develop, implement, and support PE and community programs that encompass all children, not just the athletically inclined. Messages from leaders in the physical education field provide lessons learned in the development, leadership, promotion, and ongoing advocacy of wellness-based PE programs.
takes readers through Lawler’s beginnings as a stereotypical PE teacher and coach and his dawning realization of how physical education class can be a positive tool for encouraging a lifetime of health and physical activity. As Lawler’s work received a boost from the mounting research connecting physical activity to academic and behavioral improvements, the New PE gained momentum nationally and abroad. Readers will be inspired by Lawler’s vision and commitment, despite his own health challenges, to improving the health and fitness of children worldwide.
Though his battle with cancer cut short his own work, Game Changer
carries the torch of Lawler’s New PE by providing information and tools to assist physical educators in developing more inclusive PE programs that emphasize developing, attaining, and renewing personal fitness goals across the life span.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Kenneth Cooper
Prologue: The Epiphany
A Stereotypical Physical Education Teacher and Coach
The Beginning of the New Physical Education
The Quest for Healthier Students
Fit Kids Perform Better Academically
A Magic Bullet for Behavioral Issues
A Passionate Connector
Lawler’s Influence Goes Global
A Gallant Battle With Cancer
Revving Up the Revolution: Ten Key Factors
Afterword by Dr. John Ratey
About the Author
Reference for K-12 physical educators and physical education
administrators. Also a supplemental textbook for methods courses in
physical education teacher education (PETE) programs at colleges and