Widener community honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community service
Chester, Pa. – The Widener University community will participate in various community service events over the coming days to celebrate and continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The university is closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the day, allowing faculty, staff and students to use the time to serve others.
Friday, Jan. 17
- Physical Therapy/Occupation Therapy Mobility Clinic: Students in the Widener Institute for Physical Therapy Education and Institute for Occupational Therapy Education will host their annual MLK Day of Service Mobility Clinic on Jan. 17 in various locations throughout Chester. The student-run mobile clinic will visit 12 community partner sites to provide health and equipment checks, including blood pressure screenings and mobility device cleanings for wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, and canes.
Monday, Jan. 20
- Hoops from the Heart: The university’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are among four colleges hosting the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day “Hoops from the Heart” basketball clinic for boys and girls in first through eighth grade. Children will learn the fundamentals of basketball from Widener’s players and coaches. Proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, a non-profit agency that provides services to needy families and individuals in Delaware County. Since the initiative started in 2002, it has raised over $130,000 for CAADC programs. In addition, each child is asked to donate a non-perishable food item to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs.