Robert J. Roberts blazed the trail for physical education in the Young Men's Christian Association, including being brought into the School for Christian Workers, now Springfield College, along with Luther Gulick to help set up and run the newly formed Gymnasium department in 1887. He remained at Springfield College until the end of the 1888-89 school year. Luther Gulick, referring to Robert J. Roberts, states that "few men have ever crowded the experience of a lifetime so adequately into a sentence: All exercises should be safe, short, easy, beneficial, and pleasing".
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