GVSU PT students volunteer to provide pro bono physical therapy services to those in the community who cannot afford health care. The clinic is currently run weekly at the Family Health Center in Grand Rapids. Students serve as clinic coordinators and volunteer along with community and faculty physical therapists to provide the services. Additionally, students assist with Parkinson’s exercise classes weekly, and a group of students travels yearly to Guatemala for a week long service learning experience. Students consistently comment on the positive nature of these experiences and the personal and professional learning opportunities they create.
Grand Valley Wheel Run
The Grand Valley State University physical therapy students have annually put on the Wheel Run 10K & 5K run, 5K walk and 1 mile fun walk since 1997. The tradition began when a group of students wanted to provide an opportunity for wheelchair and running athletes to enjoy a fun and challenging event together. For the past 12 years, the proceeds have been donated to Alternatives in Motion, an organization that provides wheelchairs to individuals without adequate health insurance. The goal is to raise over $10,000 for Alternatives in Motion. For more information visit www.alternativesinmotion.org/