The weather was gloomy but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the 19th Annual Race for Rehab on October 8, organized and hosted by Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) students in the School of Health Sciences and Practice. Proceeds from the race—and all the fundraising events prior—supported Achilles International, a not-for-profit organization which provides athletes with disabilities with a community of support, using sports as a tool to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities. More than $6,600 was raised bringing the 19 year total to just shy of $130,000. View the photo gallery here.
The Chromatic Scalers, the Touro College of Dental Medicine a cappella group, kicked off the race singing the National Anthem. One hundred and thirty-four participants, including 25 Achilles International athletes, traversed the NYMC campus for the certified 5K race with chip timing and water stops and encouragement throughout.
The D.P.T. Class of 2019 did a stellar job organizing the race and providing tremendous leadership on the day of the race, according to faculty advisors Janet Dolot, P.T., D.P.T., Dr.P.H., O.C.S., assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and Anthony M. Sozzo, M.A., M.S.Ed., associate dean for student affairs and director of student financial planning and student activities. They developed new signage for the course, produced a video of the course and worked closely with the members of the security and facilities departments to ensure a great experience for everyone.
“It was an incredible opportunity to be part of such an amazing event and worthy cause. Through extensive planning and organization, hard work and dedication, as well as some challenges, the D.P.T. Class of 2019 Race for Rehab committee was very successful in reaching its goal,” said committee member Emma Shollar. “We can't thank everyone enough for their support.”
Kudos to D.P.T. Class members Moonki Baik, Kenesha Brown, Victoria Colon, Elizabeth Czigler, Samantha Fanelli, Matthew Fedorchak, Paige Forsthoff, Benjamin Hylka, Jessica Otchy, Eric Pecoraro, Emma Shollar, Michael Taurone, Danielle Van Kluyve and Tyler Van Benschoten on a race well run.