Challenge Volunteers Join the Foundation at San Diego Conference

Marquette and VCU Challenge coordinators were ever-present at the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research exhibit booth, events, and student meetings in San Diego at the 2023 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.

Several schools connected with coordinators at the Foundation booth pledging to participate. Others – including Missouri State University – joined “the List” of fundraising schools by making an on-site donation in honor of their program.

The Foundation co-hosted a student networking event with Marquette University for future PTs and PTAs on Thursday, February 23 at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center. Over 100 students connected with FPTR-funded researchers who have received the Marquette Challenge award and other FPTR funding to further their research. Chris Lane, PT, DPT, and Suzanne Ryer, PT, attended the event, along with high-profile leaders in the community who serve on the FPTR Board of Trustees.

Special thanks to HPSO/CNA for sponsoring this event.

Coordinators also met with APTA’s Student Assembly Board to discuss collaboration and strategies for increasing student engagement.

Since 1989, students have raised more than $4.6 million for research through the Marquette Challenge. Donate by the April 26, 2023 deadline to add to your school’s total. Donations of any size make a difference.

Deadline: April 26, 2023