Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) to Celebrate American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Centennial Weekend

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will celebrate 100 years and launch the next century during a special Centennial Celebration Weekend September 10-14, 2021. The community of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students can participate via virtual and in-person events.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) was established in 1979 with support from APTA members. APTA has remained FPTR’s lead partner in research throughout the nonprofit’s history and the two organizations formalized their relationship with an affiliate agreement in 2021. Further, FPTR is honored to have our home in the new APTA headquarters, APTA Centennial Center.

Don’t miss a chance to connect with FPTR during the Centennial Celebration weekend as we celebrate this special milestone for APTA and the profession.

  • Open House at APTA Centennial Center (Friday, September 10, 2021, from 8am to 8pm): FPTR Staff and Trustees will be located on the 4th floor of the APTA Centennial Center until 5 pm. Drop by to connect with us and pick up FPTR-branded giveaway items. Guided tours will take visitors through FPTR’s office.
  • APTA’s Centennial Gala at Washington National Cathedral (Friday, September 10, 2021, from 6:30pm to 11pm): Connect with FPTR Trustees at this special event.
  • House of Delegates FPTR Networking Coffee Break (Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10am to 10:30am): Join FPTR in the Ambassador Ballroom of Omni Shoreham Hotel. All members of the House of Delegates are invited to join us for a free coffee break and to chat with FPTR Trustees.
  • FPTR Philanthropy Booth (present during all House of Delegate hours): FPTR Staff and Trustees will be located with the PT Fund and PT-PAC tables in the Omni hallway outside of HOD ballrooms. Stop by to show your support for research.
  • APTA Centennial Scholars (Sunday, September 12, 2021, from 2:30-4pm): FPTR President, Paul Rockar, Jr., PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA, will join the panel discussion on Advancing Practice. The panel will include time for Q&A.

Faculty and educational program directors are also invited to visit with us during the Open House hours to learn more about this year’s VCU-Marquette Challenge.


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