Student Ambassador Blog
Smell the Roses
Exciting things were happening in the world of OT during the holidays. On January 2nd, occupational therapy had the honor of having a float at the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade.
If you didn’t know, 2017 marks 100 years of occupational therapy. That’s an awesome achievement for our profession and a testament to OT’s contributions to society. The float is a celebration of our wonderful profession and provided exposure about what OT is to the millions of people that watch the Rose Parade.
In anticipation for our 100 years as a profession, the American Occupational Therapy Association decided on a centennial vision:
“We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs”.
This float was an excellent opportunity to support our profession in meeting its centennial vision of being “widely recognized” and “globally connected”!
This float could not been done without the support of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, which sponsored the float, and its volunteers. Many USC faculty members and students dedicated their time to help with this awesome project, and being one of those volunteers, I can proudly say it was worth the time and effort! Read more about the float.
Here are some photos of the float and the volunteers that helped to make this float possible:
USC OT students, Alisa and Evelyn, helping decorate the float!
USC OT faculty members volunteered so much of their time to make this float a reality
Early stages of the float
This guys on the float looks familiar
And here it is: the 2017 OTAC Rose Parade Float!