Why Sports PT Chose the Red Cross as its Corporate Charity

Sports PT Chose the Red Cross as its Corporate Charity
It’s not enough for companies to raise funds and supplies. Volunteer engagement is also key.

Community involvement is as much a part of the Sports PT culture as therapeutic exercise!

At Sports PT, we believe that we are responsible for helping make the world a better place. There is no better charity that helps in times of personal crisis or disaster than the American Red Cross.

We know this first hand. Our staff across New York State immediately took action after Hurricanes Irene and Katrina by raising much-needed funds to support the relief effort.

When Super Storm Sandy hit our 15 downstate locations in 2012, devastating homes of our employees, patients and healthcare professional colleagues, our staff didn’t hesitate - we were once again connecting with the Red Cross.

Our connections continued to hit closer to home. In late 2013, the Philippines were hit by Typhoon Haiyan. And, our employees with family who had been displaced due to the Typhoon immediately jumped to action to raise much-needed dollars.

Shortly thereafter, upstate New York was hit with flooding. Many vans were filled with cleaning supplies collected in our clinics. Then, one of our Sports PT employees experienced a house fire, resulting in the total loss of her home and displacement for more than fourth months. We know the importance of the services of the American Red Cross. We have needed them numerous times.

It’s not enough for companies to raise funds and supplies. Volunteer engagement is also key. Our employees have volunteers at numerous Red Cross events and two members of our Executive Team currently serve in roles on a Chapter Board and a Regional Board. Providing leadership and guidance helps non-profits accomplish tasks they might not be able to afford on limited budgets. In addition, we hold blood drives in our clinics and do year-round fundraising. Every little bit helps.

We encourage you to join us in supporting their efforts. Your gifts and talents help much-needed services like blood donation, emergency preparedness, resiliency, services to the Armed Forces, and disaster relief continue in our neighborhood, our state and across the globe. Clara Barton saw the need for the American Red Cross while she was providing medical care on a battlefield. We salute her efforts and join her in fulfilling these important services. Visit the volunteer page to learn how to get involved!

Lynn Steenberg is President of Sports Physical Therapy New York and the former chair of the American Red Cross of Central New York Board of Directors. She currently sits on the Central New York Region Advisory Council.