Other Student Volunteer Activities
Ohio University physical therapy students host and participate in a variety of community outreach and engagement events. Listed below are some of the annual events our students organize and participate in.
Kidfest is an annual get together of Athens county children that involves interactive educational learning. PT students provide a booth that offers developmental screens as well as a wheelchair obstacle course to increase understanding and awareness of those bound to wheelchairs.
PT students host a quad rugby tournament to promote awareness and raise money for the Buckeye Blitz, a quad rugby team in the Columbus area. Last year the students raised enough money to donate a specially outfitted quad rugby wheelchair to the team. That’s more than $5,000!
The goal of Family Day is to provide parents of first year students with an example of what a regular day consists of for the students. This involves a tour of the labs, equipment, and students educating their parents about posture, gait, etc. The event is a fundraiser for the research fund, which helps to send students to the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) where many of the third years will present their capstone projects.
Students attend Friday Night Life at Good Works, the only community oriented help and hope for those struggling with poverty in 9 counties of Southeast Ohio. They participate in making and serving dinner. Also, students have given health presentations with topics such as body mechanics, aerobic exercise, and core strengthening.
PT students, in conjunction with Speech and Audiology students, host a career fair. Perspective employers are invited to the fair, and set up informational booths. This provides OU Physical Therapy students with the opportunity to develop job offers, gain experience in networking, and provide an educational outlook on the possible fields of practice.
PT students, in conjunction with staff First Settlement Physical Therapy clinics, provide post-race massages and stretches to runners participating in the Athens half and full marathon runs. Many OUPT alumni currently work for First Settlement and enjoy coming back and contributing to the Athens community.