What started as just an idea by a couple of OT students has turned into a huge success. On Feb. 4, 2012, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Occupational Therapy students not only instituted its inaugural fundraiser but also raised awareness about the importance and purpose of occupational therapy. The “Run, Walk, or Roll with UAB OT,” consisted of a 5K Race at Heardmont Park. The race netted $3,500 that will help support the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) to provide students with scholarships for books, help support their community organizations and enable students to attend the OT national conference.
SOTA is a student-led organization, which prides itself on community service and educating the public on the importance of the occupational therapy profession. Kate Genter, SOTA member and race coordinator, was thrilled to see such success in this first-year fundraiser.
“I am honored to be a part of the UAB Occupational Therapy program,” said Genter. “My classmates and I believe in the importance of raising awareness of OT in the community as well as promoting our program. This race means so much more to us than just raising money for support—it is an opportunity to share our passion for occupational therapy and enjoy one another as a class.”
The OT program has high hopes for the race next year, as well as other fundraisers in the near future. The overall male winner of the race was John Nevels with Kaci Blackstone being overall female winner. Results are listed here.