Volunteers from Ortho On-Call, Advanced Orthopaedics, a division of OrthoVirginia, U-Turn Sports, and Henrico Police Athletic League met on Thursday, August 25, 2016 to sort through and clean the 1000+ pieces of sports equipment they recently collected through AdvanceItUp! (AIU!). AIU! is a community initiative designed to increase recreation options and active living at home and outside the home for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment. From June 1 through June 30, 2016, Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected gently-used items to benefit deserving children in our area through the partnerships and programs of RVA U-Turn Sports and the Henrico Police Athletic League.
Logan Ferguson, Relationship Manager with Advanced Orthopaedics, shares “We have always had a heart for keeping area youth active. With so many of our physicians and staff volunteering to reach kids in the community as team doctors, non-profit board members and mentors, the AdvanceItUp! initiative adds a more tangible dimension to that service, helping to make a difference in the lives of area kids.“
The sorted equipment will be divided between U-Turn and Henrico PAL and distributed to reach the hands of deserving children in the Richmond community. Both organizations share in a mission to reach and inspire underserved youth through sports. With the donated equipment these organizations can increase the number of spots in their programs, offer equipment for children to take home for practice and play, and open up new programs.
“U-Turn Sports is thrilled to partner with AdvanceItUp! this year,” shares Kris Wheeler, president of RVA U-Turn Sports. “Both programs share a mission for positively impacting our community and this is just one more way we can do this together.” Sgt. Kenneth L. Ragland (Retired), Executive Director of Henrico Police Athletic League (Henrico PAL) explains, “We eagerly look forward to reaching more children in the community and keeping them active with the items that will be generously donated.”
The physicians and staff from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call, along with volunteers from U-Turn and Henrico PAL, will collect, organize, and clean the equipment before distribution. More details including a list of needed equipment are available on the program’s web page AdvancedOrtho.me/AdvanceItUp.
Advanced Orthopaedics, a division of OrthoVirginia, is a full-service orthopaedic practice located in Central Virginia. Patients are treated by the expertise of a trained subspecialist, a physician who dedicates his entire practice to one area of orthopaedics. Advanced Orthopaedics features ten separate “Centers of Excellence.” Each center focuses on the treatment of one specific area of the body or one type of orthopaedic health concern. All of the centers combined provide excellent full-service orthopaedic care. Advanced Orthopaedics is one of the few practices in the nation where each physician specializes not only in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, but in a particular branch of orthopaedics as well. Learn more at www.advancedortho.me.
Ortho On-Call is the area’s first walk-in urgent care clinic designed to treat acute orthopaedic-related injuries and conditions. Ortho On-Call only treats orthopaedic injuries, so patients do not compete for care with patients who may have serious medical problems that take longer to diagnose and treat. Ortho On-Call is supported by the board-certified physicians and full-service therapies at Advanced Orthopaedic Centers. Learn more at www.orthooncall.me.
U-Turn is a non-profit organization that exists to train champions for life! They reach out to at-risk youth and welcome kids from any background, training them to be highly skilled athletes while offering positive mentorship to help build character, purpose and service. Learn more at www.u-turn.org.
Henrico Police Athletic League’s mission is to provide a high quality and safe environment for at risk youth in grades K-12 through educational, athletic and social programs, while creating a positive relationship between police officers and youth. Learn more at www.henricopal.org.