WITS’s first class of WITS Adelphi Fellows graduated with master’s degrees in sports-based youth development in the spring. The partnership began three years ago, when Wendy Siskin, WITS’s coach for kids director, and Dr. Kevin Mercier, an Adelphi assistant professor of exercise science, devised a plan to offer full tuition to qualifying master’s candidates in exchange for becoming WITS Coaches. The fellows work five days a week in WITS schools and go to class at night. They work with students, school staff and the community to reinvent recess, increase physical activity throughout the day and provide fitness education. The program offers career development and inspires leaders who will instill in their schools with the value of leading active lives.