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Play is not just for kids at San Francisco State University fund-raiser



Christina Holmes
SFSU Office of Public Affairs

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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4, 2002 - San Francisco State University's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Pacific Leadership Institute will host a fund-raiser that focuses on the idea of playing games as a tool to develop leadership roles at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at Fort Mason Center.

The fund-raiser is built around the theme "The Power of Play," giving community leaders, students and outdoor enthusiasts a chance to network and learn the concepts of leadership training and effective problem-solving techniques. The night will include demonstrations of "play games" which uses activities such as dodge ball but changes the element of competition. Instead of the player being thrown out of the game if he or she is hit, the player is moved to the other team, allowing the game to continue and evolve.

The games will be introduced by Erik Rosegard, professor of recreation and leisure studies, and Ezra Holland, professor of recreation and leisure studies and the Pacific Leadership Institute's director.

"We want to incorporate the essential idea of playing games as a part of growth. Games are not just for children," Holland said. " In the workplace games are icebreakers and make people more comfortable with one another. Playing builds confidence and we learn a lot by having fun."

Challenge courses, outdoor gear and leadership workshops will be among the items to bid on during a live and silent auction. Bay Area guitarist Erik Landquist will perform.

The Pacific Leadership Institute offers programs in leadership training where the stages of group dynamics are examined. The Institute aims to build the skills of community leaders who would like to be more effective in reaching out to their employees. Clients include community nonprofits, public schools and the corporate sector. The Institute also operates the Fort Miley challenge courses where groups learn self-confidence, group cooperation and decision-making skills by climbing a series of ropes and ladders of up to 25 feet before being suspended in air by safety harnesses.

Tickets for the fund-raiser will be available at the door for $20. The price includes three raffle tickets. Fort Mason Center is located at the Landmark Building A, San Francisco. For more information contact the Pacific Leadership Institute at (415) 405-3737.

Student Writer Elvira Viveros assisted in writing this press release.

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