• Some of the special events and community service projects listed below are ticketed events or have a participation limit. Be sure to register soon and plan attend to be a part of these events. Review NSC 2016 programming.

    Ignite! Networking Event

    Thursday, October 27, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    "Ignite" is the name for a particular type of event that is held throughout the world, organized by volunteers where participants speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions according to a specific format. Similar to TED Talks, Ignite is intended to get people thinking, but the difference lies in the pace; at an Ignite event, each speaker has a time limit of five minutes and must use 20 slides with each slide advancing automatically after 15 seconds, forcing speakers to maintain a rapid pace. Sit back and enjoy as APTA leaders and staff provide some food for thought on topics that we hope will inspire and motivate! Afterward, students will be moved through a series of quick networking exercises to help you connect and meet colleagues from around the country.

    PT Pub Night/VCU-Marquette Challenge Social

    Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm | American Social Bar & Kitchen

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy is partnering with PT Pub Night to host a free event at American Social in Miami. Each early RSVP will count as a $1 donation toward the Foundation for Physical Therapy from PT Pub Night. RSVP online today.

    PT-PAC Late Night

    Friday, October 28, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm | Blue Martini Lounge

    Come have fun with your friends at PT-PAC's late night event during National Student Conclave. This year, the event will take place at Blue Martini (a 10 minute walk from the conference hotel)! The event will be on Friday, October 28, from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 each. Photo ID required (must be at least 21 years of age to attend). Event always sells out so buy your ticket now when registering for conference! For event information, contact Michael Matlack (800/999-2782, ext 3163). Help protect your future on Election Day and on Capitol Hill.

    Contributions to PT-PAC are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. Contributions are voluntary. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited. Your contribution will be used to support candidates for federal office who support physical therapy issues.

    The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Mentor-Mixer

    Saturday, October 29, 7:30 pm-10:00 pm | Blackbird Ordinary

    Meet us at Blackbird Ordinary! The Academy will provide appetizers and students will be responsible for purchasing their own drinks.

    Community Service

    Go Baby Go!

    Go Baby Go!
    Thursday, October 27, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Watch as UCF Go Baby Go turns battery operated ride on cars into custom adapted ride-on cars for young children with disabilities through this program. GoBabyGo! began at University of Delaware, founded by physical therapist and researcher Cole Galloway. UCF Go Baby Go! kicked off at the University of Central Florida, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, in 2015 under the direction of pediatric specialist and DPT faculty member Dr. Jennifer Tucker. UCF Go Baby Go! strives to provide innovative, accessible, and practical options to improve the lives of individuals with limited mobility. Members of the UCF Go Baby Go! team will be on hand to share information about the project and answer questions. Come visit them during the build. The event will culminate with a test drive around 4:00 pm.

    Special Olympics Parade

    Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program (MATP)
    Thursday, October 27, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Sunrise Community

    Shadow, encourage, and assist persons with physical and intellectual disabilities through sports-based challenge stations. Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to participate in traditional Special Olympics sports competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. Sunrise Community is a beautiful residential campus that neighbors southwest Miami farms, berry fields, and nurseries and serves 120 persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. Challenge Day will include a parade of more than 50 athletes, opening ceremonies, challenge stations, and an awards ceremony. Transportation will be provided for volunteers to the Sunrise Community from the Hyatt Regency Miami and back.


    Friday, October 28, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

    NSC attendees making a difference for children in Miami! We will be collecting NEW athletic shoes and socks for children in the local Miami area. The NSC Project Committee is coordinating this effort with Shoes4Kids to locate a recipient group.

    How you can get involved. Attendees who wish to participate may bring brand NEW athletic shoes and socks (unisex shoes and socks are the best!) to the NSC registration counter on Friday, October 28 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, ET. Review needs and sizing requests (.pdf). We hope to provide at least 1 brand new pair of athletic shoes and socks to 97 children!

    Shoes4Kids is a nonprofit charitable organization consisting of local businesses, churches, community organizations partnering together to provide new athletic shoes and mentoring programs for fatherless and at risk children and their families. Through ongoing mentoring programs we will build close-knit relationships where each party is intricately connected to one another. Shoes4Kids has been designed to Create a 'Safety Net' for children who might otherwise 'Fall through the cracks' of existing programs.

    Collected shoes and socks will be delivered to the local charity Friday, October 28 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. If you want to volunteer for this event, please sign up via GoogleDocs.

    Clothing Drive

    NSC Clothing Drive
    We are asking NSC attendees to bring gently used items of clothing (shirts, pants, shorts, coats, and sweaters). Donations will be accepted near the registration desk on Thursday and near the Exhibit Hall on Friday.

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