Head Over Heels for APTA
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I am head over heels for APTA.
My love story started in Miami, Florida, at National Student Conclave (NSC) 2016.
I was riding the bus to a Special Olympics event, held as a Miami-Dade County chapter community service opportunity for NSC attendees. I was lucky enough to be involved in planning this event.
Naturally, as happens in love, there were some road bumps in the planning: the bus was late, the event time got moved up at the last minute, it literally rained on our parade, and some students weren't able to make the ride in time.
Nonetheless, there we were, a whole bus full of eager PT and PTA students ready to make a difference.
These student volunteers, who came to NSC from across the country, were as unique as jigsaw puzzle pieces, wondering what exactly they signed up for. And in all honesty, I really didn't know how this thing was going to go. I've been involved in my local Special Olympics chapter, but I'd never planned an event like this before. What in the heck did I think I was doing?
Right before my eyes, the random mish-mash of unique jigsaw pieces came together in a magnificent tapestry of humanity.
As a group, the student volunteers and I provided an event that allowed us to tap into our passions, while providing an incredible experience, fantastic companionship, and an endless memory to these Special Olympic athletes.
It was then that I felt it. The butterflies bursting in my chest. This was my home. Right here with these people, the very students that I would now go through life and into my career with to make a difference in our communities, country, and world.
I love APTA. We are APTA.
Domenic Fraboni, PT, DPT, is a practicing clinician in Minnesota. You can connect with Domenic on Twitter at @fraBONAFIDEdpt.
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