Photo courtesy Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal
Emily Kay (’16), a kinesiology & human performance major at Briar Cliff, exercises at the McCoy Arnold Center on campus. Kay, a student athlete, works out three times per week during basketball season and four times per week during the offseason.
Emily Kay won't hear of the excuses. Too tired? Too busy? Too intimidated? Too old?
When it comes to getting up off the couch and into an active swing, the diminutive Briar Cliff University Charger basketball player only knows one way: Encouragement.
“I liked my work in outpatient rehab; I also liked the fast pace of the hospital. And, I like working both with kids and seniors in a nursing home ...”
— Emily Kay ('16)
She probably comes by it honestly. Her grandmother, Mary "Peg" Kay, of Wilmot, S.D., turned 97 in July. She celebrated by breaking a world record for the 100-meter dash for those in the 95- to 99-year-old age bracket at the National Senior Olympic Games.
"Grandma also did the 50-meter dash and threw the shot put and the discus," Emily Kay says. "Grandma walks every day."
It leads Kay to say, "You shouldn't have an excuse. Everyone can work out."
Kay, a kinesiology and human performance major who will graduate in May, also plays basketball for Briar Cliff. She stays ready by lifting twice during each week and once on Sunday.
Kay has been fascinated with her work alongside Dr. Andrew Shim, of Briar Cliff in the kinesiolgy department. The university has added a "Bod Pod" to measure muscle mass, weight and body-fat percentage among athletes. Red flags may go up during a season if a player's body fat percentage drops below a certain level.
These are the kinds of lessons for one's physical and mental well-being that Kay may carry on in her future work or education. She strives to help others through service and by aiding them in tapping their potential.
"I may try to get my master's degree, or I may work first," she says. "I liked my work in outpatient rehab; I also liked the fast pace of the hospital. And, I like working both with kids and seniors in a nursing home, as both sets are thankful to be helped."