For the third year, HPU students and faculty hosted the TOPSoccer program, a community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 6, 2017 – Throughout the month of October, High Point University students, faculty and staff hosted programs to benefit the local community and beyond. These efforts are part of the 100,000 hours of service and thousands of dollars that the HPU family contributes each year to local causes.
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Trunk-or-Treat and Chemo Care Packages
On Oct. 26, the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority hosted their annual Trunk-or-Treat event, inviting PNAC, a local after-school organization, to campus. Sorority members decorated the trunks of their cars and provided candy for the children of PNAC. Children dressed up and spent the evening going from trunk to trunk and interacting with members of ZTA.
“We love having PNAC on campus and really enjoyed hosting this trunk-or-treat event,” said Laura Fischetti, vice president of ZTA. “Watching the children from PNAC smile and have a great time is
always gratifying for the members of our organization.”
Also in October, ZTA members assembled Chemo Care Packages for patients at High Point Regional Cancer Center. The group collected items for those who are currently receiving chemotherapy treatment for various forms of cancer.
The items included mints, tissues, lip balm, body lotion, scarves, magazines and adult coloring books and colored pencils. ZTA sisters collected these items throughout the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness month, and donated them at the end of the month when they paid a visit to the hospital.
“To be able to give back to those who are currently fighting cancer was such a rewarding experience for our chapter,” said Fischetti. “We know that a small act can make a huge impact, and it was the perfect way to end Breast Cancer Education and Awareness month.”
HPU Physical Therapy Halloween 5k, Festival and Food Drive
High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy hosted their inaugural Halloween 5k and Fun Run, bringing awareness to HPU’s future Physical Therapy Community Pro Bono Clinic and raising funds for the HPU physical therapy student scholarship fund.
HPU, in conjunction with High Point Regional Hospital, will open a community physical therapy pro bono clinic in late 2017 to serve the High Point community. HPU faculty and physical therapy doctorate students will provide their professional services at no cost to patients in need. In addition to meeting
medical needs, the HPU Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic will house a donation-funded food pantry.
Along with the 5K Fun Run and Walk, the event included a canned food drive within The High Point Community Center to stock that food pantry.
Participants in both the 5K Fun Run and the food drive wore costumes and took part in Halloween-themed activities for children, including pumpkin painting. Healthy snacks were provided by The Peppermill Café and participants enjoyed a visits from the Pink Cares Piedmont fire truck.
“As a new department, and one that is committed to community engagement, we are excited to start traditions while giving back at the same time,” said Dr. Eric Hegedus, founding chair of HPU’s Department of Physical Therapy. “The Halloween DPT 5K Family Fun Run and Walk was a fun seasonal event that will become a tradition. Participants contributed goods to the food pantry that will be part of our future Pro bono Clinic. We are so thankful that local businesses like Pure Barre, the Pepper Mill Café, and High Point Regional Hospital supported this event.”
HPU TOPSoccer Program Awards and Halloween Night
High Point University students and faculty concluded the third annual TOPSoccer program with an afternoon spent on the field and dressed in costumes for trick or treating.
TOPSoccer is a community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The program is intended to improve the overall fitness, self-esteem and social skills of children ages 4-21 years old.
This is the third year HPU’s Stout School of Education hosted the TOPSoccer outreach program, held every Sunday for six weeks at Vert Stadium on HPU’s campus.
“This program gives participants with physical or intellectual disabilities an opportunity they normally
would not have,” said Dr. Rick Overstreet, assistant professor of Health and Physical Education at HPU and director of the TOPSoccer program. “Being around them touches your heart and makes you want to do more for them. Seeing the progress they make is so rewarding for them, their parents, the HPU students involved and myself.”
Members of HPU’s Men’s Soccer team, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Alpha Omega Phi service fraternity, education majors and many other clubs and individuals around campus come together to make the event possible.
“I’m in a great position to see how extraordinary this program is from all angles,” said Overstreet. “It has been great to see the joy on each youngster’s face, the appreciation of the parents/guardians and the amazing interaction between our HPU students and each child or teen. Seeing firsthand our students’ interaction with each kid makes me very proud.”