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The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) is hosting the Fourth Annual Student Volunteer Challenge to increase SPT and SPTA community connection and involvement. As healthcare professionals, we have a duty to get involved and give back to our local communities. We invite all 32 PT and PTA programs to register for the statewide Challenge today!


When does the Challenge start?
      Who is eligible? 

Programs can register and log community service hours from October 1, 2018 – March 10, 2019.            

View the full guidelines.
      All 32 Ohio PT and PTA programs are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Challenge!

 How to Register + Log Your Hours:
  1. Designate a student to be the Volunteer Rep, or primary point of contact, for your PT or PTA program.
  2. Register your program by submitting the information here.

    Name of Program

    Program Director Name + Contact Info
    Volunteer Rep Student Name + Contact Info
    The SSIG Activities Coordinator will confirm reciept, and then you're ready to go!

  3. To submit hours for your PT/PTA program, after each event, the Volunteer Rep should complete the google form found sent to each school during registration confirmation:

    Name of Program
    Number of volunteer hours
    Number of students who volunteered
    Organization that you volunteered with and contact info (will validate hours) 
    Photos (optional, but highly encouraged)

  4. At the conclusion of our challenge, your program director will be contacted to confirm your hours. Please make sure you are in contact with them at this time so that these hours can be confirmed.

*For bonus credit consideration, please submit hours as usual via the google form, then email SSIG Activities Coordinator Grace Couture at to report the PT/PTA collaboration activities.


What Type of Volunteer Hours Count?

All hours for volunteer activities on behalf of the PT or PTA program will count in the Challenge.  Please abide by the following:

  • Program must be registered before hours can be logged.
  • All volunteer hours must be completed by students within that program between October 1, 2018 - March 10, 2019.
  • Volunteer hours CANNOT be related to clinical experiences or internships.
  • You CANNOT receive course credit related to the hours (i.e service learning course, mandatory for a class.)
  • Fundraising activities that benefit the PT/PTA program/students CANNOT be counted.

How Are Hours Calculated?

# of hours volunteered per event X # of students from the program volunteering = Total # of Hours

What is the Prize?

In addition to bragging rights and a strong sense of pride, the top PT and PTA program with the most logged volunteer hours at the end of the Challenge will be recognized at Transform: OPTA's Annual Conference in April 2019. In addition, for the TOP OVERALL program, the OPTA will donate $250 to the charity of their choice.


Contact SSIG Activities Coordinator Grace Couture or Member Engagement Specialist Marie Ruskin.

2018 Student Volunteer Challenge Winner 



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