ATSU-ASHS DPT students volunteer at Special Olympics golf invitationalPosted: September 18, 2012
More than 200 golfers from throughout North America competed in the 13th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament, September 6-9, 2012 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
A.T. Still University students from the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program participated in the Special Olympics as volunteers for the Healthy Athletes FUNfitness screening, a fitness screening developed by the American Physical Therapy Association specifically for Special Olympics Healthy Athletes.
Students were recruited as volunteers by Anna Thatcher, PT, DPT, an adjunct instructor at ATSU-ASHS, with assistance from Samantha Jinadasa, ATSU-ASHS student and member of the DPT class of 2014. The DPT students performed flexibility, functional strength, balance, and aerobic fitness testing for the athletes participating in the 13th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament.
“We all had such a great time being able to take a Saturday to not only practice our technical skills in these areas of fitness assessment, but to be contributors to such a rewarding experience, surrounded by great volunteers from the Midwestern DPT program and Healthy Athletes,” said Jinadasa. “Working in such a positive environment, with athletes who seem to truly undertand the meaning of sportsmanship and competitive spirit, was so much fun and we hope to volunteer again at this event in the future.”
Class of 2014 ATSU-ASHS DPT student participants included Michelle Ducy, Aiman Eltahir, Alyce Heinlein, Samantha Jinadasa, Sara Parker, and Emily Rice.