I wanted to write this blog to help out some friends with a huge and exciting student-led initiative to gain support for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a fund that supports research opportunities that will progress the evidence base of our field. This project encourages all PT and PTA schools throughout the country to participate in a triathlon challenge. Each school, led by a student team captain, will ask members (classmates, friends, family and anyone who wants to participate) to join their cause.
Starting at CSM on Jan. 22, all team members will track their mileage and fundraising progress on a central website. Team captains will be given a "Strategies Packet" to help them maximize their effort with membership recruitment and local sponsorships. Throughout, participants will share their experiences on the site. It's a challenge that not only promotes a healthy active lifestyle (and let's face it -- as PT students, we're not always the best at practicing what we preach to patients), but also serves as a way to unite students and contribute to the future of our profession.
I'm new to the APTA and student involvement, so I'm including a statement from my classmate Matt DeBole, one of the brilliant and motivated people who came up with this initiative:
"The Log'N Blog will enable the over 450 PT and PTA programs in the country to easily make a significant contribution to the Foundation for Physical Therapy for research. We're especially excited to enable a method that's simple to use, very social and competitive and makes significant impact on our profession. As students, we need to understand that we can make a difference, and the Log'N Blog is one incredible way to become involved."