AthletiCo Physical Therapy Holds 5th Annual Shoe Drive to Support Share Your Soles

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Shoe drive to run from October 4 to 16 at all AthletiCo facilities

We might begin with shoes, but it doesn’t end there. When you can make a small difference in a child’s life by providing a simple basic necessity such as a gently worn pair of shoes, you have made a difference in a profound way.

AthletiCo Physical and Occupational Therapy , an Illinois and Milwaukee-based provider of rehabilitation services, will be holding its 5th Annual Shoe Drive during the weeks before and after the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. From Monday, October 4 through Saturday, October 16, every AthletiCo facility will have a designated donation bin to collect new and used shoes. The shoes will be donated to Share Your Soles , a local non-profit organization that distributes shoes to impoverished and underprivileged communities in the United States and around the world.

Share Your Soles recognizes the importance of maintaining the dignity and self-respect of the individuals receiving these shoes. To the recipients, these shoes symbolize more than just a piece of footwear; they serve as a mode of transportation (as cars and bikes are not readily available) as well as a form of health insurance (because they prevent bare feet from exposure to diseases). Share Your Soles accepts all shoes but is especially in need of children’s shoes, including cleats and other sport-specific shoes. Shoes that are lightly worn and clean are preferred.

“We might begin with shoes, but it doesn’t end there. When you can make a small difference in a child’s life by providing a simple basic necessity such as a gently worn pair of shoes, you have made a difference in a profound way,” says Mona Purdy, founder and executive director of Share Your Soles. “It’s the collaboration of many dedicated people, such as those at AthletiCo, that keep our mission of providing these acts of kindness possible.”

AthletiCo is the official provider of rehabilitation, fitness, and performance for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and has provided physical therapy, massage therapy, and athletic training coverage to organizations such as XXX Racing, Chicago Endurance Sports, CAPRI events, and Team in Training, as well as numerous Chicagoland endurance events. AthletiCo has endurance specialists at each of its over 50 facilities including runners, cyclists, and triathletes with advanced knowledge to treat the needs of endurance athletes regardless of competitive level and interest.

For more information on AthletiCo’s Shoe Drive or to find a location nearest you, please call 630.575.6200 or visit http://www.athletico.com.

Since 1991, AthletiCo has been the proud provider of rehabilitation, fitness, and performance services to many professional teams, performing arts companies, endurance programs, golf associations, volleyball clubs, high schools, colleges, and events in Chicagoland and Central Illinois. AthletiCo’s first Wisconsin location opened in Milwaukee in December 2009.

AthletiCo provides orthopedic rehabilitation including physical and occupational therapy, work rehabilitation, performing arts rehabilitation, women’s health therapy, spine control, pediatric physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and athletic training/sports medicine. Expanded services include performance enhancement, fitness center memberships, golf fitness, endurance, nutrition, and massage therapy.

AthletiCo accepts all indemnity, PPO, POS, and WC plans including BC/BS, Humana, Medicare, Aetna (PPO/HMO), PHCS, UHC (PPO.HMO) and many others. As a courtesy to our patients, we verify insurance coverage.

AthletiCo Toll-Free Injury Hotline 877-ATHLETICO (1-877-284-5384)                                                      
http://www.athletico.com

CONTACT:    
Leah Cybulski / Marketing Manager
630-575-6267 / lcybulski(at)athletico(dot)com

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