Physical Therapy Student Advocacy Forum raises money to boost national PT awareness
During the fall trimester, the Physical Therapy Student Advocacy Forum began their participation in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a fundraising competition among physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs designed to raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The students at USA recognized an opportunity to support and contribute to research funding that would benefit their future clinical practices.
The project began with small, locally attended fundraisers, including team jersey and t-shirt days on the St. Augustine campus. With gradual increase, the events held became larger in size and eventually included the participation of our San Diego campus. A small group of students from both campuses collaborated to plan events and activities to raise money for the challenge and achieved success in encouraging a large percentage of their peers to both support and participate in the events. What started initially as a group of two or three students who wanted to achieve something positive for their profession, turned into hundreds of participants spanning the nation in support of a greater good!
The main events on the St. Augustine campus included a Halloween costume party, a flag football tournament and the chilly polar bear plunge. The main events organized on the San Diego campus included penny wars, golf-frisbee tournaments and jersey days.
A grand total of $4,970.15 was raised for the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. This resulted in the USA team being among only 15 out of 62 schools nationwide to raise over $3,000, which earned them an Honorable Mention Award.
This award was presented to USA students at the Foundation Gala, held during the Annual APTA conference in National Harbor, MD in June. The money raised will be used to fund further research to support the profession. Beyond earning the award and being recognized at the celebration, the students at USA have truly learned the meaning of teamwork. Their passion as advocates for patient rights shows they want to provide the best care possible. They not only worked together with their peers to overcome obstacles, but they were lucky enough to surpass their original goals. The results were only a small reflection of the potential for change that is continually being pursued by the PT profession. USA students have shown that both their passion and their pockets stretch much deeper than they knew for their future careers!
To make a tax-deductible donation to support physical therapy research or get involved, please email [email protected] – Student Advocacy Forum