The Monday Memo
March 3, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
First Year SPTs Giving Back
Despite spending long days in the classroom and clinic, not to mention countless hours studying, many first year DPT students have recently made time to volunteer with some truly fantastic local organizations.
Ari Silbermann and Becca Smith have been spending their Tuesday evenings with TOP Soccer, a community-based soccer program for children, adolescents, and teenagers with various special needs. Run entirely by volunteers, TOP Soccer is a nonprofit which operates under the PA West Soccer Association. Becca explains one of her favorite aspects of volunteering here: “It’s fantastic to watch all of these kids with different disabilities come together and just truly be happy and have a great time. I’m amazed at how many of the players come out of their shells each week.”
Another local organization I have been involved with is Yes, You Can Dance, which offers dance classes to senior citizens, individuals with special needs, teens, and veterans. Megan Zartman, Sarah Castillo, and I are looking forward to beginning the next Level 1 Special Needs Ballroom Class at Steel City Ballroom in the upcoming weeks. Megan notes, “It’s so great to be silly for an hour of my week and spend time with good people.”
As recently discussed in a Monday Memo by our very own Jenna Scanlan, our SPTs have also been spending their Saturdays with TRAS adaptive skiing in Hidden Valley. Steve Rayner and Becca Smith have joined Jenna helping individuals with disabilities learn to ski with adaptive equipment, another wonderful instance of my classmates encouraging and helping others to get active and stay active each week. Steve adds, “I absolutely love skiing, so any day that I can be on the slopes is a good day. But getting to meet the folks at TRAS and share with them the thrill of racing downhill in fresh mountain air makes the experience 10x better. Sharing their joy is what keeps me coming back for more.”
Although finding extra time in our hectic lives can seem impossible at times, I encourage everyone to get involved in our community in any way possible. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the above opportunities.
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing anything for anybody.” -Malcom Bane
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