PA Olympics

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.

2019 PA Student Olympics

Join Us for the Fourth Annual PA Olympics!

Written by Rachel Laughlin

History of PA Olympics:

The PAO was initiated in Ohio by Student Members of the OAPA in 2016. This event has grown from six participating Ohio programs to the first year of 100% program participation in 2019! Fundraising occurs over the course of the spring and summer semesters and is concluded with the PAO field day event.

What is the PAO field day?

All 12 Ohio PA Programs come together for a track and field style event and friendly competition to celebrate their fundraising efforts. The winning program/team has the honor to choose a charity to donate all the proceeds to the following year.

What is the charity of choice for 2019?

The University of Mount Union was the winning program of 2018 and has chosen Medical Assistance Programs (MAP) International as the charity organization of 2019.

When and where is the 2019 event?

This year’s event will be held at Case Western Reserve University on June 22ndfrom 11am-3pm.

Who are the participants?

Practicing Physician Assistants (PA-Cs across Ohio, please join us for this event and competing against Ohio’s PA Programs! (Email and for more information!)

Baldwin Wallace University
Case Western Reserve University
University of Dayton
The University of Findlay
Kettering College
Lake Erie College
Marietta College
Mount St. Joseph University
University of Mount Union
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio University
The University of Toledo

How can you help?

Help us in our fundraising efforts during our last month push (listed below)!

Please consider joining us for the event on June 22nd! All Ohio PA students are encouraged to join their program’s PAO team to compete for the opportunity to choose the following year’s charity! PA-Cs are also encouraged to join us for the event and compete against all of the students in the field and track day event!

Fundraising Efforts:

Share our Go-Fund-Mepage on social media and make a donation!

Purchase a PAO T-Shirt for $20! Sales are open until June 4th. PA-Cs are encouraged to choose a color representing a PA program that they want to support. Group A shirts: BW, CWRU, Dayton, Findlay, LEC, OU. Group B shirts: Kettering, Mount Union, MSJ, ODU, Toledo, Marietta

Attend the Cleveland PAO Fundraiser(hosted by BW, LEC, CWRU) on Friday June 7thfrom 7:30-10:30pm at Dive Bar (1214 W 6thSt., Cleveland, OH 44113). Tickets are $25 cash only at the door and include unlimited beverages and pizza/pasta.

Contact for more information:

Rachel Laughlin
OAPA Student Representative – Elect

Kane Vaughan, PA-C
OAPA Student Representative

Links for Fundraising


T-shirt Group A

T-Shirt Group B

Cleveland PAO Fundraiser



Take a look at some photos from the events below: