The Exploring Program (a division of the Boy Scouts of America) allows high school to student to get firsthand career insight from professionals at the top of their fields. The program places an emphasis on career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Students enrolled in the OrthoCarolina and OCRI program meet once a month for eight sessions and interact with physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists. Guest speakers present on various orthopedic topics. The informational lecture is followed by a “hands-on” activity, led by the OrthoCarolina Physical Therapy Department, to show the students the rehabilitation process for various injuries.

In 2014, OCRI was awarded the William H. Spurgeon III Award for leadership in Mecklenburg County’s Explorers program. The William H. Spurgeon III Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.

It is our honor to be able to contribute to education of students in our area and encourage the next generation of orthopedic professionals.

Hands-on learning for high school students

Letters are sent each August to students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who expressed an interest in physical therapy or sports medicine through Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring Program.