College of Health Profession Students Provide Medical Services for Special Olympics

CHP Student Volunteers at the Nike Youth Games For the past few years, the Master of Athletic Training Program has provided medical services numerous Special Olympic events. Last year, we began providing this opportunity to all of the students in the College of Health Professions; giving students the chance to work interprofessionally. 

Most recently a group of 40+ students from Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Associates Studies and Audiology came together to provide medical coverage for the 2023 Youth Games which was held at the Nike campus in Beaverton. During this event the team provided care for over 500 Special Olympic athletes. 

Cody McGunagle, Shiela Yang, Madison Larsen & Shannon Fitzgerald

Pictured are CHP students Cody McGunagle PT' 26, Shiela Yang PT '26, Madison Larsen OT '26 and Shannon Fitzgerald AT '25 at the Nike Youth Games. 

Throughout the year, over 100 CHP students will provide care for around 5000 athletes while covering over 15 different events held across the state of Oregon. These sporting events include basketball, swimming, volleyball, track & field, bocce ball, soccer and power lifting. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023