APTA Honors Lake Area Tech’s Thuringer with National Societal Impact Award

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2019

WATERTOWN, SD – The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will present the distinguished Societal Impact Award to Lake Area Technical Institute’s Brad Thuringer, Physical Therapist Assistant program instructor, at the annual APTA conference in June. The award honors his community service efforts with Shoes4Kids, a charitable foundation Thuringer founded that distributes shoes to children in need. Annually, the foundation targets communities in which the APTA Annual Conference is held. Since 2006, Thuringer has solicited contributions that have provided more than 15,000 pairs of new shoes and socks to children. He is the first physical therapist assistant to earn the award.    

The APTA Societal Impact Award recognizes leaders within APTA’s member community who demonstrate commitment and dedication to addressing issues related to societal welfare. This award specifically recognizes individuals who exemplify the compassionate nature of the physical therapy profession by exhibiting a distinguished commitment toward philanthropic initiatives, raising public awareness on key societal issues, and demonstrating how physical therapy can be applied to address these issues.

Thuringer earned his Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree at Lake Area Technical Institute and also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Education from Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 2010, he was awarded the F.A. Davis Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator by the APTA and in 2015 the APTA named Thuringer the Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant of the Year. He will be recognized during the APTA Honors and Awards Ceremony and Reception in June during the NEXT Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Learn more about Shoes4Kids at http://www.apta.org/NEXT/Shoes4Kids/ .

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Photo cutline: Brad Thuringer, physical therapist assistant program instructor at Lake Area Tech will receive the American Physical Therapy Association’s Societal Impact Award at a ceremony in June. The award honors his work with Shoes4Kids, a charitable foundation he founded that distributes shoes to children in need.