VCU PT college students win fundraising problem to learn bodily remedy analysis – VCU Information

For the third 12 months in a row, college students from the Division of Bodily Remedy at Virginia Commonwealth College’s School of Well being Professions have received the VCU-Marquette Problem, a fundraiser for the Basis for Bodily Remedy Analysis.

“It’s fairly cool how many individuals care about fundraising for our career and serving to it develop and progress,” mentioned Maya King, a third-year bodily remedy pupil at VCU and the VCU-Marquette Problem Coordinator for the Class of 2023. “The problem has actually made it clear to me that we can assist sufferers and assist progress the sphere of bodily remedy.”

College students at Marquette College began the problem in 1989, wanting to boost funds for the inspiration, a nationwide nonprofit that funds bodily remedy analysis grants, fellowships and scholarships. Previously three a long time, bodily remedy and bodily therapist assistant college students from greater than 300 colleges have participated, elevating a collective $4.6 million to assist the inspiration’s mission. The highest three colleges for the 2021-2022 problem have been VCU ($23,053.72), the College of Delaware ($20,050.04) and the College of Miami ($17,344.30).

“The problem is a big contributor to our capacity to hold out our mission,” basis spokeswoman Jordan Jennings mentioned. “The problem represents our single largest annual fundraising effort.”

“As a part of this prestigious competitors, our college students are serving to to supply quite a few alternatives for bodily remedy analysis,” mentioned Susan Parish, Ph.D., dean and Sentara Professor of Well being Administration within the School of Well being Professions. “I’m terribly happy with their continued success and the outstanding influence they’re making throughout the bodily remedy subject.”

For profitable the problem final 12 months, VCU cohosted the 2021-2022 Marquette Problem and had its identify added to the title. For the problem, bodily remedy college students volunteer and manage numerous fundraising occasions all through an instructional 12 months. Final 12 months’s occasions included a cornhole match, a golf match and March Insanity bracket problem.

“When college students take part within the problem at any stage, they make an funding that strengthens their future career,” Jennings mentioned. “Additional, college students who take part achieve helpful management abilities and expertise that contribute to their skilled progress and networks”

King loved the expertise and noticed the problem as a strategy to turn into extra related together with her classmates and college. She spent lengthy hours organizing fundraising occasions and needed to coordinate with school and workers. 

“I began my program at VCU in the course of the pandemic, and I wished to get entangled in one thing,” King mentioned. “I wished a strategy to really feel extra related to my classmates and this system since we have been doing all the pieces on Zoom.”

Shawne Soper, D.P.T, an assistant professor within the VCU Division of Bodily Remedy, has been the longtime school coordinator for this problem. She helped the scholars manage occasions and labored to maintain the fundraising effort going.

When Soper took over coordinating the problem in 2015, VCU got here in second place. The scholars got here to her and mentioned they wished to win the 2015-2016 problem. That required a plan. She labored with the scholars and helped them develop a scientific strategy to handle fundraisers all through the college 12 months. That has been the case yearly since and is a key purpose the college has been so profitable. VCU has positioned both first or second on this problem yearly since 2015.

Soper mentioned she has loved the place and has cherished working with the scholars. The problem brings status to the bodily remedy program and VCU.

“Organizing the problem checks so many containers for college students,” Soper mentioned. “It’s an incredible alternative for management improvement, organized social occasions, {and professional} improvement. It has been so great watching these college students blossom in these management roles.”

For subsequent 12 months’s problem, Chad Taylor, D.P.T., an assistant professor within the VCU Division of Bodily Remedy, is taking up as coordinator for Soper, who’s retiring within the fall. The problem has turn into an necessary a part of the bodily remedy program at VCU, and Taylor mentioned he’s honored to proceed the work.

Taylor mentioned the problem is meant to be enjoyable. College students and college work collectively to boost cash for the career. Many of the occasions are entertaining and a good way for everybody to bond.

“These are wonderful team-building workout routines and nice to get the scholars concerned within the college,” Taylor mentioned. “It’s additionally a good way for college students and college to work together outdoors of the classroom setting.”

Taylor mentioned bodily remedy college students previous and current must be happy with the position VCU has performed in elevating cash for the Basis for Bodily Remedy Analysis. VCU is without doubt one of the prime colleges to boost funds for the inspiration because the problem was began.

The award ceremony was held nearly, and King was one of many presenters, on condition that VCU received the award final 12 months. She mentioned that whereas she was the chief of the problem this 12 months, everybody who helped manage the assorted fundraisers performed a key position. The hassle wouldn’t have been potential with out an enormous assist from everybody.

“It’s been numerous work, however it has been a tremendous expertise,” King mentioned. “It has been wonderful to see how many people wish to come collectively to assist out with this effort.”