Occupational therapy students in California supported the event and gained insights into how people pursue their passions despite disabilities.
Ten University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences students from the San Marcos campus went to Carlsbad High School on May 16 to volunteer their time with the regional games of the Special Olympics. After watching the opening ceremony, most of the USA students helped with the aquatic events as a runner, timer, or recorder. The students had the opportunity to engage with athletes throughout the day, providing encouragement and support for 105 races.
“As future occupational therapists, we gained insight on how individuals, despite their disability, continue to remain engaged in the occupations they are so passionate about. Involvement in these games allows for community participation, social interaction, leisure exploration, and ultimately improves quality of life,” said Master of Occupational Therapy student Pavandeep Bains. “Many of the occupational and physical therapy students are looking forward to participating in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in July!”