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Building Better Communities: 2023 PT Day of Service

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Each year, Athletico team members come together for an annual Day of Service to impact lives outside of our clinic walls. Athletico has a long history of helping build healthier, more vibrant communities, and our employees share a passion for giving back in many ways throughout the year.

In recognition of Global PT Day of Service this month, 700+ Athletico employees from across our network participated in 52 service projects, volunteering 459+ hours of their time to support the health and wellness of the communities they live and work in throughout the summer.

Read more about the ways our employees gave back this year:

Volunteering for a cause:

Hunger is a persistent issue in many communities, and our teams spent time serving at local food pantries. From Feed My Starving Children, to the Greater Chicago Good Depository, West Suburban Illinois Community Pantry, and Grafton Food Pantry in Illinois, we packed hundreds of boxes of food for families in need.

Teams also cleaned up their local parks and playgrounds at the Urbana, Illinois Park District, Chicago, Illinois Parks Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club in West Virginia, in addition to volunteering at a Special Olympics event in Kentucky to name just a few.

“I’m incredibly proud to be part of the Texas Athletico team. To see so many of us take some time on a Saturday for such a great cause was awesome to see. Being able to help malnourished children around the world find their next meal was an incredibly rewarding experience, and one that we will never forget!” — Richard Lowlicht, RD, Texas

Providing health services:

Several of our employees tapped into their clinical skills to provide complimentary services to their communities. The Pittsburgh area team partnered with Amachi Ride for Social Justice by providing complimentary injury screens and pre- and post-race stretching to participants. Additionally, the Oyster Point, Virginia team supported 240 athletes at Christopher Newport University with physicals over the course of four days.

Organizing donation drives:

Teams partnered with local community organizations to host a variety of donation drives. To support the start of a new school year, we collected school supplies and packed bookbags for Schaumburg, Illinois Township, Richneck, Virginia Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio City School District, Tri-Creek, Indiana School Corporation, and more.

“We were happy to host our back-to-school supply drive for Tri-Creek School Corporation. It is a pleasure to give back to our local community and we would like to thank all of our patients that participated in this event with us.” — Justin Bales, Clinic Manager, Indiana

Fundraising for those in need:

Staff members also teamed up with their patients and communities to organize fundraisers. Our Lewes, Delaware clinic hosted a bake sale to raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy. A Pennsylvania-based athletic trainer also completed the annual Walk for Hunger, walking 101 miles and visiting five clinics across Northern Pennsylvania. The initiative aims to raise funds for a local organization, Child Hunger Outreach Partners.

“I was so pleased that all staff wanted to be part of this fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy and was overwhelmed with the level of interest and involvement from our patients. We were able to raise $700 in a very short period of time.” — Lisa Gepfer, PTA, Delaware

Take a look at our employees in action during PT Day of Service!

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