The PA Olympics is a track and field style day, which celebrates the fundraising efforts that has been organized by Student Members of OAPA and PAs. Students from various programs in Ohio compete to win the title and the chance to choose the charity for the following year. Two PA students from each program are chosen to be on the planning committee led by the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect from OAPA. The energy and excitement that fills the air that day is overwhelming and it is an opportunity for programs to connect and PAs to greet students.
2016 was the first Ohio PA Olympics and it was quite a chilly event - it snowed! The PA Olympics took place in April at Baldwin Wallace University with a total of six programs involved and over 150 attendees. The event was a success with raising over five thousand dollars for the Alzheimer's Association. The University of Findlay won and received the privilege of choosing the next charity. This first event set the stage for the subsequent years and it only continued to grow!
The following year, the number of programs, attendees, and fundraising grew exponentially! In 2017, ten programs and over 300 students and PAs came to support and participate in the event on July 8th. Fundraising efforts were for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the students raised over ten thousand dollars. The winner this year was the University of Dayton.
The third annual PA Olympics took place July 7th, 2018 at the University of Mount Union. This year PA students from across the state of Ohio helped raise over $12,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The University of Mount Union won this year’s event and will be choosing a worthy charity to raise funds for 2019. The games themselves were a complete success with around 400 students, PA-Cs, faculty, and family members in attendance.
PA students continue to make this event a fun-filled event to ultimately raise money for a worthy charity.