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Program of The Year Challenge
Program of the Year Challange
November 1st, 2020 - April 1st, 2021

OPTA SSIG would like to announce their 2nd Annual Program of the Year Challenge. The purpose of this year’s Challenge is to continue student involvement in the Physical Therapy profession no matter where we are as students.

Step 1: Sign up

  • Click on the link to sign your school up for this year’s challenge 
  • Sign up prior to November 1st: gain an extra 25 points
  • Registration stops: February 1st 
Step 2: Event submission
  • Students will submit events/activities that their program participated in from Nov 1st - April 1st
  • Any event is encouraged to be submitted that sets their program apart, and events will be considered by a blinded panel of judges
  • Virtual events are encouraged and accepted as well as in-person events
  • It is required that 2 or more students are participating in the submitted event
  • No events that are done for a grade in class should be submitted
*Once school signs up more information on how to submit events will be given
*Reminder: Events should follow the CDC and individual campus guidelines that abide by the rules and regulations to maintain proper safety precautions due to COVID-19.

Step 3: Scoring Process
This year will include a Grand Prize Winner based on all school submitted events.  In addition, there will be core value superlatives awarded based on judging panel selected events that best represent our profession’s core values.

Grand Prize Winner: 
  • Based off of all school’s submission
  • Scoring based off of:
    • Number of hours
    • Number of people involved (% of program involved)
    • (Number of hours) x (% of program involved)
  • Additional Points:
    • 10 points added if collaboration with another program
    • 5 points added for pictures submitted
    • 25 points added if school signs up prior to November 1st
Core Value Superlatives: 
  • Selected based on a panel of blinded judges to limit bias
Step 4: Winner Announcement
  • Grand Prize Winner and Core Value Superlatives announced at the annual OPTA spring conference
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