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Illinois Special Olympics FUNFitness

Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Illinois Special Olympics FUNFitness

TWO exciting volunteer opportunities!

FUNfitness is a fitness screening performed by physical therapy professionals for Special Olympic Healthy Athletes.  The purposes of FUNfitness are to assess all components of fitness; to educate athletes, families and coaches about the importance of fitness; and to provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about the role of the physical therapist in fitness.  FUNfitness was developed by the APTA for the Special Olympics.

Who: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and PT/PTA students. (It is recommended that professionals have liability insurance)

What we do: Physical Therapists assess:

  • Flexibility of the hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator, and hip flexor muscles;
  • Functional strength of the abdominal, and upper and lower extremity muscles;
  • Static and dynamic balance; and
  • Aerobic fitness (walk, wheel or step testing).

Physical therapists also instruct athletes on ways to become more fit, and to train year-round for better performance.

Volunteers are wanted for the following two events.

Summer Games

When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 
Set-up crew arrival is evening of June 15 only 4 volunteers needed.
Time: 8:30-3:00 (can volunteer for shifts, morning or afternoon)
Where: Red Bird Arena - Illinois State University Campus in Normal, Il

Click here to download registration form

Forms can be emailed to: 
Gail Huber

50th Anniversary Celebration of
Special Olympics (1968-2018)

Volunteers will be screening athletes from the Unified Cup, Men's & Women's Soccer Tournament.  Athletes will represent about 20 countries and the US!

When: Wednesday, July 18 & Thursday, July 19, 2018 
Time: 8:30-3:00 (can volunteer for shifts, morning or afternoon)
Where: Lane Tech High School (2501 W. Addison St. Chicago, Il  60618)

Register by using this link:

You can sign up for a whole day, or just the morning or afternoon.  DPT & PTA students are welcome to sign-up.  

If you have questions contact:  Gail Huber PT PhD or 312-908-6791.

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