After being a standout student-athlete at UMass, Efosa created Global PT Day of Service to inspire the physical therapy community to do good around the world.
EFOSA GUOBADIA: Being a student-athlete at UMass was amazing. It led to this really great dual experience. We learned grit. We learned toughness. And we learned how to pursue goals. Between the relationships developed, the experiences had, and the knowledge learned, it really sets a foundation for a life of adventure. Kinesiology is the study of human movement. And I ended up becoming a physical therapist because that's a natural extension. A lot of what we do, we use our hands, and our hearts, and our words to help people move better, function better in their natural environments. PT Day of Service started in 2015. I was in Iquitos, Peru, and we're on this boat on our way to a service site, and this idea suddenly shot to the front of my mind. What if we challenge students, staff, clinicians in this physical therapy profession around the country, and around the world, to do an act of service on the same day? What would that look like and mean for the bonds with the profession of physical therapy? What would that look like and mean for the brand of physical therapy to the profession at large? So the initiative was made. And we've continuously been inspired. That first year, we had 28 countries participate and all 50 states in the Union. We're currently in year three, 2017, and our theme this year is transcend. So how can we, on this day, this PT Day of Service, come together as a professional community, go so as now a global community, and do positive things with our colleagues, with our classmates, and also with community members that we may not have connected with before? I would tell somebody that doesn't know about UMass that it's a special place. There's something in the air and in the water. It's a fun place, fun environment, the town is beautiful, the campus is beautiful, and just everybody that's a part of this university from students to leaders, professors. And, again, it's about community, and UMass is a wonderful community. I'm Efosa Guobadia, Class of 2007. I stand for a healthier world through healthier movement and I stand for UMass.