Wheelchair basketball players enter the field at Husson University

Event designed to help Husson students understand and appreciate mobility challenges affecting the disability community

BANGOR – The Husson University Physical Therapy Student Organization is hosting the 22nd Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Newman Gymnasium at 1 College Circle on Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any student, faculty member, staff member or graduate of Husson University is invited to put together a team of five and participate.

“I’m so excited to be able to participate in the wheelchair basketball event this year,” said Emelia Palmer, Vice President of Husson’s OPTS Club. “It will be especially nice since we have not been able to organize this event for the past two years due to COVID-19. Before the pandemic, students loved participating in wheelchair basketball. It’s a great way for all physiotherapists to get together, talk, compete and stay active. I plan to participate every year I am in the program! »

Although the event is open to all members of the Husson community, teams comprised of physical therapy and occupational therapy students from Husson University will find the event both fun and educational. Wheelchair basketball competitions allow physical therapy and occupational therapy students to better understand the challenges faced by the physically disabled. This understanding will help students work with future clients who have mobility issues.

“Wheelchair basketball requires a lot of skill and upper body strength. It’s not as easy as it looks,” Palmer said. “As a future physiotherapist, it’s my job to help people adjust to mobility issues. Staying active is important for good health. Just because you’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. I think everyone in the community needs to understand that people with disabilities can still be athletes and have fun.

The event is free and open to the public. Spectators will be able to enjoy several wheelchair basketball games. To boost fundraising, OPTS students will be selling raffle tickets for a variety of popular prizes donated by local businesses during the competition. Prizes include haircuts, sporting goods, restaurant gift cards (including two $100 gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts), gift cards to local grocery and department stores, tickets, movie tickets, gift cards to shoe and book stores, discount cards to entertainment venues (including Bangor Escape Room and Orono Trampoline Park), and much more.

All proceeds from food, beverage and raffle ticket purchases will go to support SOARing Eagles Healthcare, a free, cost-free physical therapy clinic run by students from Husson University. The pro bono clinic offers free physiotherapy services to anyone, of any age, uninsured or underinsured, who needs treatment but cannot afford it themselves. Donations will also be used to help support a scholarship for physiotherapy students.

Anyone attending this event can purchase raffle tickets. Individuals must be present to win. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. To make a direct online donation to support this event, visit https://igfn.us/form/LO4e6Q. For more information on the upcoming wheelchair basketball competition, please contact Palmer by email at palmerem@husson.edu.

The Husson University Physical Therapy Student Organization promotes academic excellence, public service, and professional networking through a series of meetings and fundraising events. The group is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, raising awareness of disability issues and encouraging professionalism in the discipline of physiotherapy.

The members of the OPTS are all students of the University of Husson School of Physiotherapy. This school provides the advanced knowledge students need to become competent and competent practitioners who collaborate with a patient’s healthcare team to help maximize function. Students can enroll in one of three programs: a six-year Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/PhD in Physical Therapy; a three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or a Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Business Administration dual degree program.

The School of Physiotherapy is just one of many schools that are part of Husson University College of Health and Pharmacy. Others include the School of nursingthe School of Occupational Therapy and the School of Pharmacy.

Facilities at Husson University include physics and therapy classrooms and labs, a cadaver dissection lab, excellent library resources, and wireless computer access.

For more than 120 years, Husson University has shown its adaptability and strength in delivering educational programs that prepare future leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to providing affordable classroom, online, and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has become a top value in higher education. Characteristics of a Husson education include advanced knowledge imparted through quality corporate educational programs; health and education; pharmacy studies; sciences and humanities; as well as communication. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees by US News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information on educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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