On The Water In Arizona – All For A Good Cause

Mesa PTT students in kayaksThis is a great story that we wanted to share with you out of our Mesa, Arizona, campus; it typifies the wonderful community spirit of our students, faculty and staff at Carrington College.

Three weeks ago a group of Mesa Physical Therapy Technology (PTT) students volunteered at the Barrow Neurological Institute’s Day on the Lake event.

A Life Changing Event

For those with physical and neurological disabilities, the thought of being able to kayak or jet ski may seem impossible.

Thanks to the Day on the Lake event, people of all ages are able to enjoy a variety of adapted water sport activities including kayaking, fishing, boat rides, and jet skiing. The event is held at Bartlett Lake Marina, one of the most accessible waterside facilities in Arizona.

A Day on the Lake can be life changing for many of those with disabilities who participate. Once they’ve been kayaking or jet skiing, activities that perhaps they’d never dreamed of being able to do, they may realize how much more they could achieve. The realization comes that there’s so much more they are capable of doing, and that gives them a great deal of confidence to attain other goals they have in life.

Let’s Volunteer!

The entire Mesa PTT class (decked out in colorful Carrington College t-shirts) participated on Thursday,  September 11th and had the option to return outside of class time on Friday. Alyssa Abraham, the Community Outreach Representative for the Mesa campus, arranged for the students to volunteer at the event, which is now in its 18th year.

Alyssa explains how it came about;

“I first learned of the event through Phil Schauer, the Physical Therapy Technology Program Director at our campus. Phil has participated in the past and he suggested that we look into having our students volunteer as a class. I contacted Jo Crawford, the coordinator for the Barrow Connection at St Joseph’s Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute, and we worked together to make it happen.”

“The Barrow Connection is a program sponsored by Barrow Neurological Institute that helps bridge the gap between neurorehabilitation and independent living for those with a neurological injury. They offer peer mentoring and fun activities like the Day on the Lake event, which is the only adapted water sports event of its caliber in Arizona.”

We were delighted to get our students involved. It gave them the opportunity to use the skills they’ve been learning in class, give back to the community, and network with other volunteers from the medical community who attended the event.

We hope to return in the years to come with future PTT classes.”

Orientation & Training

A few weeks before the event, students went through a volunteer orientation and training session on campus to familiarize themselves with the day’s activities. They volunteered in a variety of capacities, from registration, to manning a life jack station, to assisting with the actual water activities.

Mesa PTT on the waterIf you’ve been in Arizona in the summer you’ll know that there’s no better place to be than out on the water. As you can tell from the photos, it was a truly great day and it looks like everyone, volunteers and participants alike had a fantastic day doing good by messing about on the water, and helping to put smiles on peoples’ faces!

If your class has participated in a community event that you’d like to share with the school, have the Carrington event organizer reach out with details to ccnews@carrington.edu.