The Exploring Program (a division of the Boy Scouts of America) allows young people (grades 9 through 12) to become involved in firsthand career exploration with an emphasis on career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Students meet once a month for eight sessions to listen to physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists speak on various orthopedic topics. Each 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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2020-2021 Explorers program.

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.