Students Spin for Kids! | Apr 12, 2013

Students from the University of North Dakota's Doctorate of Physical Therapy classes of 2014 and 2015 participated in the 2013 annual Spin For Kids event held April 6, in Grand Forks, ND. This event is held each year to raise money for qualifying families with children who have special needs. The money raised at Spin for Kids is dispersed to help families faced with lifelong medical bills and expenses receive the equipment and services they need. Three teams consisting of 8 students each participated at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. UND took 1st Place in 2/3 divisions! The intermediate team took 1st place with an overall team score 115.5 miles. The elite team also placed 1st with an overall score of 116.8 miles.

The fundraising efforts of UND PT students contributed to the overall amount of over $50,000 total raised at this year's race.

UND DPT students are continuing to stay active in the Grand Forks community. They set up a concession stand at the Jr. Grand Am Basketball tournament, and several students have signed up to volunteer with a fundraiser being held by a Cancer Support Group in Grand Forks to be held June 29. They are putting a team together for the Relay for Life fundraiser which will be held in May, and many students are participating in the Big Event held in Grand Forks April 27th. In 2012, the Big Event drew over 1000 volunteers distributed at 150 different work sites. The Big Event gives students an opportunity to volunteer and "do work" in the greater Grand Forks community, showing their appreciation to the community for everything they do for students.

Kristen Ryan, SPT
NDPTA Student Representative
University of North Dakota, Class of 2014