Touro University Nevada was once again recognized as a “Champion School” by Special Olympics Nevada for its continuous volunteering efforts throughout the school year.
“As a ‘Champion School,’ the volunteer efforts displayed by Touro’s students have been instrumental to our athletes. Without volunteers, we can’t have competitions,” said Harry Mong, Regional Sports Director for Special Olympics Nevada. “We look forward to continuing this great partnership with Touro University Nevada.”
A special ceremony was held on the Touro campus to honor the achievement. With Touro students, faculty, and staff in attendance, Mong praised the university for its dedication to helping Special Olympics and its athletes. He emphasized how the partnership has grown since its inception and looks forward to it growing even stronger in the future.
The partnership between Touro and Special Olympics started in 2013 when students from the university’s School of Occupational Therapy began volunteering their services to the athletes. Since then, the relationship has blossomed, and students from all programs have dedicated their time to help the organization throughout the year.
To become a ‘Champion School,’ Touro students needed to assist Special Olympics in specific areas, including unified sports, youth leadership, and disability awareness. The Schools of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies were instrumental in the Special Olympics’ FUNFitness program, a component of the organization’s Healthy Athletes program. Students and faculty completed balance, flexibility, strength, and aerobic conditioning assessments on the athletes during the Southern Nevada Regional Track and Field Championship in May.
“Organizations like Special Olympics have influenced a lot of us to go into the medical field, and it’s really inspiring,” said Cassondra Boyd, a third-year student from the School of Physical Therapy. “I am so excited that we will continue to grow with Special Olympics as this partnership flourishes.”
Across the Silver State, Special Olympics offers training and competition in nine sports to more than 3,200 athletes. The volunteering efforts displayed by Touro students are an integral component of the university’s mission – to serve, to lead, to teach.
As the collaboration continues to grow, it allows Touro students more opportunities to obtain critical, hands-on training while simultaneously working to make a difference in the community.
During the 2016-17 school year, students and faculty from all Touro programs collectively dedicated more than 100 volunteer hours to Special Olympics.