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Video: Students put a spin on disability awareness

With disability awareness as its goal, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Pre-Therapy and Allied Health Club hosted its annual Wheel-A-Thon event in the Memorial Union Quad May 12-14.

The event raised funds for IMPACT (Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today) and the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program (MSEP) – two programs in the college that benefit those in the community with special needs.

Students, faculty and community members participating in the Wheel-A-Thon were tasked with navigating through an obstacle course – full of ramps, doors and small, every day tasks such as packing a backpack – and learned firsthand the challenges those in wheelchairs face daily.

“It’s been really fun to plan it and see it all come together in the end,” says Exercise and Sport Science student and Wheel-A-Thon Coordinator Katie Soares. “It’s been cool to see people come out and raise awareness and support for these clinics.”

Watch participants navigate through the obstacle course, learn more about the event and check out EXSS Clinical Assistant Professor Sam Johnson get pied in the face in the video above.

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