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Do Good, Feel Good: PTs Give Back with Special Olympics

"The energy and support at each and every event is contagious and I love supporting these athletes in sports that they enjoy,” Annalise DuSell PT, DPT, CSCS

Today, the Special Olympics provide 4.7 million athletes in 169 countries the opportunity to reach athletic achievements and showcase their gifts and talents with their communities. These athletes compete all year long from winter sports such as alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing to springtime sports including cycling, track & field, softball, soccer and even Unified Bocce.

To make these events possible more than 8,000 volunteers support Special Olympics – Washington activities. Volunteers serve as coaches, sports officials, committee members and on-site volunteers at competitions and fundraising events. In an effort to keep all participating athletes injury free Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants and Athletic Trainers offer their time and motivational encouragement during competition that takes place. Worldwide over 1.7 million volunteers support Special Olympics programs.

As an avid athlete, Annalise DuSell PT, DPT, CSCS shares her love of sports and injury prevention as a Special Olympics volunteer. She has been a volunteer with the Special Olympics organization for 10 years.

“The energy and support at each and every event is contagious and I love supporting these athletes in sports that they enjoy,” Annalise DuSell PT, DPT, CSCS

What inspired you to become a Physical Therapist?

To stay active and injury-free I went to physical therapy and realized how helpful it could be. Now, I enjoy helping others stay active too.

Why did you choose to volunteer for the Special Olympics?

This organization has held a special place in my heart ever since I volunteered with them while attending the University of Miami.

What has been your favorite part about being a part of their volunteer team?

Meeting the athletes and watching them live their life with so much joy.

Join Team IRG on March 11, 2017 and support Special Olympics – Washington at the Polar Plunge in Anacortes. Challenge yourself for charity and join us in Freezin’ for a Reason. Pledge. Plunge. Party.

(Photo By Special Olympics)

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Tagged In: Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Special Olympics, Volunteering, Washington
Posted on February 2, 2017

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Do Good, Feel Good: PTs Give Back with Special Olympics

"The energy and support at each and every event is contagious and I love supporting these athletes in sports that they enjoy,” Annalise DuSell PT, DPT, CSCS

Today, the Special Olympics provide 4.7 million athletes in 169 countries the opportunity to reach athletic achievements and showcase their gifts and talents with their communities. These athletes compete all year long from winter sports such as alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing to springtime sports including cycling, track & field, softball, soccer and even Unified Bocce.

To make these events possible more than 8,000 volunteers support Special Olympics – Washington activities. Volunteers serve as coaches, sports officials, committee members and on-site volunteers at competitions and fundraising events. In an effort to keep all participating athletes injury free Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants and Athletic Trainers offer their time and motivational encouragement during competition that takes place. Worldwide over 1.7 million volunteers support Special Olympics programs.

As an avid athlete, Annalise DuSell PT, DPT, CSCS shares her love of sports and injury prevention as a Special Olympics volunteer. She has been a volunteer with the Special Olympics organization for 10 years.

“The energy and support at each and every event is contagious and I love supporting these athletes in sports that they enjoy,” Annalise DuSell PT, DPT, CSCS

What inspired you to become a Physical Therapist?

To stay active and injury-free I went to physical therapy and realized how helpful it could be. Now, I enjoy helping others stay active too.

Why did you choose to volunteer for the Special Olympics?

This organization has held a special place in my heart ever since I volunteered with them while attending the University of Miami.

What has been your favorite part about being a part of their volunteer team?

Meeting the athletes and watching them live their life with so much joy.

Join Team IRG on March 11, 2017 and support Special Olympics – Washington at the Polar Plunge in Anacortes. Challenge yourself for charity and join us in Freezin’ for a Reason. Pledge. Plunge. Party.

(Photo By Special Olympics)

Categories: IRG Highlights
Tagged In: Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Special Olympics, Volunteering, Washington
Posted on February 2, 2017

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