At SPEAR, we hold our values close to our hearts—that’s why we prioritize giving back to the community as much as we can. We also love seeing our people exemplifying that same passion, empathy, and impact.
Kara Kaplan, PT, DPT
Recently, one of SPEAR’s awesome therapists, Kara Kaplan, PT, DPT, volunteered her time at a event run by the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, a program created to help Special Olympics athletes improve their overall health and fitness. Kara was given the opportunity to participate with the Floor Hockey Competition—considered one of the biggest Special Olympic athletic events of the year, the tournament serves the younger Special Olympics community, with participants ranging from Pre-K age to 7 years old, as well as adult athletes. Kara supported the athletes as they competed for the championship goal medal, assisting in scoring the game and keeping track of players, as well as helping them make it safely on and off the court. “I was able to witness first-hand the incredible skill required by each athlete who competes, as well as the hard work and dedication that each player has towards their craft,” Kara says.
While the adult athletes competed in teams for the floor hockey championship, the younger athletes participated in “activity labs”, where they learned the different skills required for floor hockey. All of the fundraising efforts went toward athletic equipment, jerseys, team necessities, and more for all the athletes involved.
We’re so happy to have one of our own participating with such a great organization like the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, a program that truly aligns with SPEAR’s mission. “I encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Special Olympics to reach out and get involved in this fun opportunity,” Kara says. “There are always numerous positions available that each play their part in assisting these extraordinary athletes achieve their greatest accomplishments!” Thank you, Kara, for your involvement!