When: Thursday, May 12th from 12pm-6pm
Where: SEC Plaza, next to MU
Teams of six will compete in a relay-style wheelchair obstacle course for the best time. Those with the best times throughout the day will win prizes from local businesses. Teams are $12 to register and all proceeds will go to the affiliated programs–donations are also welcome.
About the Wheel-A-Thon:
The Pre-Therapy & Allied Health club at Oregon State University hosts the Wheel-A-Thon in an effort to provide funding for the IMPACT and Adaptive Exercise Program (formerly MS Clinic) here on campus. These programs pair up students from Oregon State with children and adults with disabilities to participate in physical activity. The Wheel-A-Thon itself is an annual fundraiser that aims to raise awareness for individuals with disabilities within our community. It is a timed obstacle course where teams of 6 participants maneuver through the course as fast as possible using wheelchairs. All proceeds go to directly fund these programs, with an overarching goal of helping individuals with disabilities overcome societal barriers they encounter in their daily lives.
About the Programs:
The Adaptive Exercise Clinic connects community members diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other disabilities with student volunteers to participate in an individualized exercise program multiple times a week. The IMPACT program matches local children with disabilities with OSU students who interact and lead the children in a variety of physical activities once a week. These programs foster and facilitate physical activity and fitness in a population whose needs are commonly unmet with traditional approaches to exercise.
More information on these awesome volunteer programs at Oregon State University: