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Participation in the Marquette Challenge helps students build leadership skills while giving forward to their future profession.
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Investing in the Profession, Connecting with the Community

The Marquette Challenge connects students with research in a meaningful way and builds leadership skills that will help them post-graduation. All funds raised support the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) — a national nonprofit that has funded physical therapy research for 4 decades and helped jumpstart the careers of many of today’s leading physical therapist researchers.

This Year Is Different…

Although students have been fundraising for FPTR research since 1989, this year is unlike any we’ve experienced before. As many schools move to distance and virtual learning, participation in this year’s Challenge can help your students stay connected with their peers, their communities, and their future profession. Further, many popular Challenge fundraisers — including continuing education courses, merchandise sales, and 5ks — can be conducted virtually.

Now More Than Ever…

Like many nonprofits, FPTR has been affected by the COVID 19 health crisis and economic disruptions. The Marquette Challenge is our largest annual fundraising effort and represents 30% of our overall fundraising budget. FPTR is acting to ensure the strength of the organization but without additional support, FPTR will face a 2020 budget shortfall. Every donation is critical to the success of this annual student-led fundraiser and the Foundation’s ability to carry out its mission.

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“Our students at VCU enjoy being involved in the Marquette Challenge not only because they understand that it is a way to contribute to the profession but also because it is fun! They link the fundraising events to social events for their class. They also invite their clinical instructors — particularly those who are local or are VCU alumni — which helps them build their professional network.”

Shawne E Soper, PT, DPT, MBA, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University