CA Outreach Challenge

Physical Therapy Students Impacting their Community!

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The CA Outreach Challenge is managed by the CPTA Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) – Community Service Committee.

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CPTA Student Special Interest Group – Community Service Committee:

Committee Chair: Jessica Phung

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos ℅ 2020

Favorite volunteer experience: Outdoor Outreach. With this organization, I am able to assist in extracurricular opportunities for underprivileged teens and young adults. This organization provides trips that utilize outdoor hobbies to help these students grow and reach their highest potential by encouraging them to support each other to be safe, positive, and dependable in a group – all while trying new activities. It’s so much fun because I get to share something I love doing with a younger generation who is building up their character off these activities.

Hobbies: Hiking, rock climbing, camping, being at the beach, running, painting, and crocheting. It’s great day if I get to spend time outdoors then unwind at home with a nap and any other relaxing activities.

Favorite sport: Climbing!

Favorite food: I love chicken wings. They’re so much fun and also shareable, and my favorite dessert is ice cream… all types!


Committee Member: Christian Legaspi

Azusa Pacific University ℅ 2020

Favorite volunteer experience: CSUSB DisABILITY Sports Festival. In this event I was able to help coordinate with the sports activities such as basketball and dodgeball. Having the experience of actually made me realize how much of a difference we can actually make in helping others improve a person’s quality of life, by just playing around and being an example to  just keep moving!

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Bodybuilding, Reading books, Snowboarding

Favorite sport: Basketball

Favorite food: Sushi


Committee Member: Kamren Ackerman

Azusa Pacific University ℅ 2020

Favorite volunteer experience: CSUSB DisABILITY Sports Festival. With this event, I was able to assist with extracurricular activities such as basketball and dodgeball, as well as assist with unloading and loading cars full of participant equipment. This event is held every year, and has activities ranging from basketball and dodgeball to archery and wheelchair motor cross. 

Hobbies: Baseball, basketball, surfing, snowboarding, gyming, and exploring new restaurants. 

Favorite sport: Baseball

Favorite food: Fish, fish, fish, and mexican food.


Committee Member: Lauren Galantai 

Western University of Health Sciences ℅ 2021

Favorite volunteer experience: Life Rolls On, They Will Surf Again. During this event I was able to help people with various disabilities adaptively surf. I personally have never surfed, but I loved seeing people of all ages getting to experience surfing. The screams of joy and smiles that filled their faces made me realize how much this experience meant to them. 

Hobbies: Traveling, running, spinning, and yelping

Favorite sport: Soccer 

Favorite food: Ice Cream


Founder of the CA Outreach Challenge

Gail Bachman, PT, DPT – San Diego State University, Class of 2015

“I started this volunteer competition as a way to recognize the amazing work SPT/SPTAs were doing throughout California. I also wanted to find a fun way to encourage students who were new to volunteering to get involved in their community. I was amazed with the response in our first year and was truly touched with all the student’s stories from their time volunteering. I am very proud to be in profession with such caring and amazing individuals, high fives all around!” 

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Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 7_FotorThis student run project is graciously sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). The CPTA represents more than 7,000 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants statewide. As the third largest Physical Therapy association in the world, the California Physical Therapy Association remains the largest voice for the physical therapy profession in the state of California.

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