Newswise — HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – More than 40 sports medicine physicians of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) will be volunteering to revitalize an outdoor recreational area for the local Boys and Girls Club this Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The humanitarian service project takes place a day prior to the 2015 AMSSM Annual Meeting and is the second time a day of service has been incorporated into the beginning of the organization’s annual conference.
With guidance from HandsOn Broward County and the Broward County Recreational Development Commission, AMSSM chose to work with the Boys and Girls Clubs Carver Ranches Unit. The Boys and Girls Clubs offer a place where children can feel safe and get away from the multitude of pressures and temptations while having fun and building companionship. More often than not after a child becomes a member, their life is positively changed forever.
AMSSM members will work alongside HandsOn Broward representatives to give the Boys and Girls Clubs outdoor basketball courts a long overdue facelift; complete with resurfacing and constructed weather resistant benches for players to properly rest. Member volunteers will also work on restoring the existing butterfly garden and tap into their creative side while working on an outdoor mural.
“HandsOn Broward is excited to have the opportunity to inspire, equip and mobilize the AMSSM volunteers in our Broward County community during their time in town,” said Darrill Gaschler, Director of Corporate Pojects for HandsOn Broward. “The impacts they create will be transformational and will create an even more welcoming and engaging environment for the members of the Carver Ranches Club to grow and explore.”
This project is funded with contributions to the AMSSM Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to the support and recognition of excellence in sports medicine education, research and scientific activities, while promoting opportunities for humanitarian outreach. As the fundraising arm of AMSSM, the Foundation accepts contributions, sponsorship support and grants from individuals and corporate supporters to fund programs, research, education and initiatives developed by AMSSM. To learn more or to donate to the project, visit www.amssmfoundation.org.
Margot Putukian, MD, a team physician with Princeton University and president of the AMSSM Foundation, said, “We wanted to provide an opportunity for our members to get their hands dirty in a project that provides a tangible, needed resource while building meaningful relationships amongst our members.”
About the AMSSM: AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 2,700+ sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. www.amssm.org