End of an APTA Era
TAMPA -- PT 2012 attendees gathered in the ballroom tonight at the Tampa Convention Center for the Opening Ceremonies and a chance to bid adieu to APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. Having completed his second 3-year term, Dr. Ward welcomed incoming President Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS. Dr. Rockar was elected president at APTA's House of Delegates Monday night in Tampa, and the new reign became effective at the close of the House of Delegates on Wednesday.
APTA CEO John Barnes introduced Dr. Ward and recounted the many accolades of his career. In addition to welcoming new fellows, Dr. Ward recognized the APTA Board of Directors who he says, "guide the profession in achieving Vision 2020," and closed with the advice that PTs must "educate, advocate and ideate to keep the profession viable."
The crowd heard from Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, DPT, JD, MBA, MA, president of FAPTA, who enthusiastically welcomed everyone to Tampa with an amusing list of ‘Fun Facts' ranging from knowledge of Florida being one of seven states in the United States with no personal income tax to the warning that Tampa gets hit with more lightning than any other area in the United States (of particular interest this week when, so far, we've been exposed to countless torrential downpours with little to no warning).
Last, but certainly not least, Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw stepped onto the stage and proceeded to bring down the house. In a rousing account of his football career, love life and present endeavors -- sprinkled with various humorous anecdotes -- Bradshaw reminded PTs and PTAs that they do what they do because they love it.
"There is nothing better than being able to raise your hand and say, ‘I love my job!' I bet everyone here loves their job," Bradshaw excitedly told the crowd.
While attendees wiped away tears of laughter and exhausted their iPhone batteries by taking pictures of the exuberant celebrity, Bradshaw made sure they left with a warm heart by closing with, "You are a blessing to millions. Maybe you don't hear it enough, but you are."