The New Alternatives for Children Olympics helps NAC’s special children (many of whom are living in poverty) overcome physical and mental obstacles, meet new challenges, experience team spirit, and have a memorable day. This year PA students got the chance to pair up with a child and their family, spend time with them, and allow the kids to participate in a variety of fun activities like basketball, gymnastics, field games, and even rock climbing! After getting to know the families and interacting throughout the day, members from the class lined up with other volunteers and formed the high-five line for children collecting their Olympic medals for attending the event.
NAC is an organization established with a belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing home and a bright future. Their mission is to provide support and advocacy to help children with chronic medical conditions and developmental disabilities along with their families to flourish and have the opportunity to explore their potential.
During the course of the event, several PA students were asked about Physician Assistants and what their roles are in the medical community, so it was a great opportunity to get some information out about our profession. One mother shared her positive experiences with the PAs that she and her children see for their healthcare.
All in all, it was a very rewarding experience and we were glad members of our class took the initiative to volunteer. We are looking forward to making this an annual event for the PA program students!