Record participation spurs Northwestern in 'Chiro Games'

Rob Karwath | December 07, 2016

A record number of students helped Northwestern turn in strong performances at the 25th annual Chiropractic Games, a popular competition among chiropractic schools from the U.S. and Canada.

A record number of students helped Northwestern Health Sciences University turn in strong team and individual performances at the 25th annual Chiropractic Games, a popular competition involving chiropractic schools from across the country and Canada.

In all, 82 Northwestern students and 15 Northwestern teams participated in what are informally known as the “Chiro Games,” held Nov. 4-7 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Northwestern placed fifth overall among the 17 chiropractic school teams participating.

Highlights of individual and team performances included third-place finishes in beach volleyball, ice hockey, women’s golf, running and table tennis. Students Melissa Agnew and Kyle Severson took first and second places, respectively, in the women’s and men’s 5K races. Student Kody Fawcett tied for third place in men’s golf.

“We had a record number of athletes participate. Eighty-two students was almost triple the total of last year,” said Emily Tweed, Northwestern’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, who annually helps organize the event with student volunteers and serves on the Chiropractic Games Board of Directors.

“We had a great group of students. For them, the benefit was not only meeting, networking with and competing against more than 900 other students at other chiropractic schools but also getting to know their fellow Northwestern students.”

She added: “We had upper-term students who got to know and mentor earlier-term students. The connections we make at this event every year are incredible. It’s a great way for our students to engage, and the students always have an amazing experience.”

Other notable performances by Northwestern student athletes in this year’s edition of the Games included: fourth-place finishes for the tennis and men’s golf teams as well as a second women’s golf team. Also, Shelby Lee finished fourth in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke.

Tweed credited students Lee and Becky Jergenson for helping recruit athletes and team captains and the athletes themselves for committing to participate as well as practice before the competition.

“They did a fantastic job,” she said. “We brought a hockey team for the first time in a number of years. It was exciting to see them compete and take third place.”

The Chiropractic Games are held each year in Cocoa Beach, on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Students from the major U.S. chiropractic and health sciences schools send teams, including: Northwestern; Logan University in Chesterfield, Mo.; New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Parker University in Dallas; and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

Students raise funds to cover their travel and hotel expenses. The Chiropractic Games also have picked up corporate sponsors that help students and organizers incur minimal out-of-pocket expenses. Florida’s Space Coast, as the area around Cocoa Beach is known, has become the annual home of the Chiropractic Games after several colleges and universities took turns hosting the event following its start in 1992.

For more information about the Chiropractic Games and to see full results go to: chiropracticgames.com.

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