At the upcoming Academy meeting in Orlando, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) will be hosting a number of events to connect with the entire O&P community and advance our primary mission: enable individuals with physical disabilities – especially those served by members of the orthotics and prosthetics community – to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction.
Please visit our booth to learn more about the Fund, and join us at one (or
more!) of our events.
For more information about any and all upcoming OPAF initiatives, including registration and program sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tamara Bibby, OPAF Program Coordinator, by email ([email protected]) or by phone (571) 431-0831.
Tuesday, March 19, 1:30-5:00 p.m. at Celebration Golf Club
OPAF-NAGA First Swing Clinic
Made possible through the Fund’s Partnership with the National Amputee Golf Association
Bob Wilson, Executive Director of NAGA, developed First Swing Clinics to instruct therapists in teaching and encouraging all individuals with physical disabilities to learn, or re-learn, the game of golf. First Swing clinics also enable individuals to re-discover their sense of personal pride and their accomplishment through participation. First Swing Clinics offer healthy avenues to enjoy the extraordinary, friendly atmosphere found on the golf course. This program is open to every individual with a physical challenge regardless of age or handicap. Registration and participation are free. For more information about NAGA and its programs, please visit: www.nagagolf.org
OPAF Spring Golf Classic
Wednesday, March 20 at Celebration Golf Club
Bus departs Coronado Springs Resort at 7:15 a.m. sharp
Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.
Play in the OPAF Classic and support the Fund while making business contacts, networking with colleagues, and promoting your organization. The tournament will be held at one of Florida’s finest courses – Celebration Golf Course – and a portion of every individual registration fee will be donated to the Fund. As always, every golfer will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible donations. Celebration prides itself in being one of the best golf facilities in Central Florida. The legendary father-son team of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr. designed a park-like atmosphere within the natural wetland environment, creating a truly challenging and enjoyable golf experience. Designed with shot-making strategy in mind, this championship caliber course demands accurate approach shots and consistent putting. Celebration invites competition from the most amateur golfer to the most experienced golfer all on one course. Celebrating golf at every level, Celebration Golf Club is an acclaimed venue for promoting the love of the game to future champions as well as to the established golfers.
OPAF New Web Site-Logo Launch and Board Recognition Ceremony Held in cooperation with OANDP.COM Thursday, March 21 @ 8:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the launch of our new web site and logo, and to honor the work and commitment of the Fund’s Board of Directors.
Fitness for Everyone
An OPAF Partnership with Endolite North America and local O&P facilities Saturday, March 23 9:30 a.m. registration – 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. clinic
Led by three-time Paralympic track and field champions Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser, this Fitness for Everyone clinic will provide above- and below-knee amputees of all ages with instruction in stretching and strengthening, walking and running, and achieving their own physical goals. Family members of amputees who enroll in the clinic are warmly welcome to attend the program.
Designed to offer continuing education credits for most participating practitioners, Fitness for Everyone clinics are especially beneficial to orthotists, prosthetists, physical therapists, and other allied health professionals who wish to extend patient care beyond the clinical setting.
This year, look for Fitness for Everyone Clinics in Houston on Saturday, April 27, in Milwaukee on Saturday, June 1, and in Chicago on Saturday, October 12.
OPAF Silent Auction
Auction opens – Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Auction closes – Saturday, March 23 at 11:45 a.m.
Deadline to claim highest-bids -Saturday, March 23 at Noon
Looking for a gift for that special someone? Look no further than the OPAF Silent Auction! Integral to supporting all OPAF initiatives, especially community outreach programs, this event features exciting, rare, and special items donated by individuals and organizations both within and beyond the O&P community. Stop by the auction and make a bid.
Be sure to look for our next Silent Auction in Chicago, to be held in conjunction with the 2002 AOPA national assembly!
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the OPAF Silent Auction, please contact Tamara at [email protected] or (571)431-0831.
See you in Orlando, and thank you again for helping the Fund give wings to more dreams!
Sincerely and with all best wishes,
Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D.
Director and Senior Research Fellow
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.
330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Email [email protected]