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    Go the extra mile during CSM's Walk4Wheels step challenge by donating new or gently-used sports equipment to local underprivileged children.

    1. The Walk4Wheels Step Challenge

    Make every step count to help adults and kids with mobility challenges! APTA will donate $10,000 to the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital's Adaptive Sports Program if attendees, members, and staff track 135 million steps beginning 12:01am, Monday, January 21 through midnight, Sunday, January 27! Money will used to buy wheelchairs that will bring enjoyment and activity for many years to come.This year we are walking to provide 4 wheelchairs for DC kids who are mobility challenged.

    About Medstar National Rehab Hospital and the Adaptive Sports Equipment Program
    MedStar Health’s physicians, nurses, researchers, and support staff are all focused on one thing—caring for families in Washington, DC, and Maryland. The Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program at MedStar NRH helps to maximize participation for individuals with disabilities in recreational and competitive sports. Through these programs, participants are able to build self-confidence, improve health and well-being, and gain greater independence. This program is open to anyone with a physical disability at no cost.

    How to Participate

    It's simple! CSM attendees, APTA members and friends and family may participate. You download an app that tracks your steps each day. View details below.

    The Walk4Wheels Step Challenge is sponsored by CORA Health
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    Leveling the Playing Field Kids

    2. The Sports Equipment Drive

    The American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and the Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness, along with APTA are partnering with Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) to run a collection drive Thursday, January 24-Friday, January 25 at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting.

    About LPF
    Leveling the Playing Field collects donated sports equipment and redistributes it to low-income kids throughout the DMV. All donations benefit needy schools, after school programs, and athletic leagues looking to engage their students in the physical and mental benefits of youth sports participation. LPF relies on used/excess sports donations from local communities to engage underprivileged children, so clean out your garages and basements of your old sporting equipment so that underprivileged kids are able to enjoy them!

    How to Participate in the Equipment Drive

    *Do not bring large equipment such as: treadmills, large self-standing benches, or exercise equipment that is bulky or will take up space and/or be hard to transport.

    Drop off Times/Dates

    • CSM Exhibit Hall (Booth 1356)
      Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, during unopposed hours:
      10:00 am–11:00 am
      1:00 pm–3:00 pm
    • AASPT Teammates Social Event
      Friday, January 25
      Marriott Marquis, Liberty Salon LM
      7:00 pm-7:30 pm (at the doors)


    Contact web@apta.org with questions.

    Participating in the Walk4Wheels Step Challenge: Details

    Your personal goal is 50,000 steps over the 7 days of the challenge. But don't stop there, keep walking as every step counts towards our group goal!

    Tracking With the App

    1. Text Walk4Wheels to 27126 to receive instructions and easily download the MoveSpring app*
    2. Enter the organization code: Walk4Wheels.
    3. Choose: APTA 2019.
    4. Create an user account. Enter your name, username, email, and password.
    5. Connect your fitness tracking device by choosing from the list and then logging in (iphone, Samsung, Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc.).
    6. When you sync your steps on the device it will sync to the MoveSpring app and be counted towards the group goal.

    Tracking Using the Website Version

    1. Visit the website to create your MoveSpring account.
    2. Enter the organization code: Walk4Wheels.
    3. Follow the steps 3-6 above to create your account and connect a device.

    No Device? No Worries!

    You can manually track your steps using a pedometer. Just select that option and log your steps at the end of each day via the website.

    Share the Love!

    Share your step story in on social media use #Walk4Wheels.


    Not seeing your steps? First sync your fitness device then hit the sync icon at the top left of the MoveSpring app screen.

    Still not working? Go to the MoveSpring help center, or visit the info desk in the convention center.


    Reach out to our support center from the MoveSpring app.

    • Go to 'Profile'.
    • Select the gear icon in the upper right to locate your settings.
    • Scroll to the bottom, and select 'Message Support'.
  • Last Updated: 1/11/2019
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