Chiro Games 2015
| October 29, 2015
30 students from Northwestern travel to Cocoa Beach, FL to participate in the 24th annual Chiropractic Games.
The forecast for Minnesota this weekend is cloudy, cold—and maybe even a trace of snow.
But about 30 students from Northwestern Health Sciences University will travel to Cocoa Beach, FL, to participate in the 24th annual Chiropractic Games, a weekend of athletic competition in sports ranging from running and swimming to football, basketball and even table tennis.
Hundreds of chiropractic students nationwide will descend on the resort community on Florida’s Atlantic Coast for two days of competition and camaraderie amid sand, sun and temperatures in the mid-80s.
“It’s such a neat event with students from all over the country participating,” says Dr. Emily Tweed, Northwestern’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She has been involved in what is commonly known as the “Chiro Games” for years, serving on the Board of Directors for the past 12.
“All of the schools have a lot of former athletes in their chiropractic and health sciences programs,” Tweed explains. “Everyone has fun. But the competition is fairly serious.”
Students from the major U.S. chiropractic and health sciences schools send teams, including: Logan University in Chesterfield, MO; New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY; Parker University in Dallas; Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA; and Northwestern.
Students raise funds to cover their travel and hotel expenses. The Chiro Games also have picked up corporate sponsors that help students and organizers put on the games with minimal out-of-pocket expenses.
Florida’s Space Coast, as the area around Cocoa Beach is known, has become the annual home of the Chiro Games after several colleges and universities took turns hosting the event following its start in 1992.
What motivates chiropractic and health sciences students from all over the country to head to Florida each fall? Warm weather certainly doesn’t hurt. But it’s mostly the chance to compete and connect, Tweed says.
“It’s a lot of former college and high school athletes who want the opportunity to compete,” Tweed says. “But it’s also an opportunity to network and collaborate with other students. Personal relationships have formed. Professional connections have developed. The students band together. They have a blast.”
This year, Northwestern students will participate in team as well as individual events. In the past, Northwestern has placed well—and even brought home the gold. But just as important are the activities surrounding the games, including community projects such as a beach cleanup.
“We’ve been participating since the beginning,” Tweed says, “and we’ve been having fun doing it.”
For more information about the Chiro Games, and to follow the progress of Northwestern’s athletes, go to: chiropracticgames.com.