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Orthopaedic Institute for Children Provides Free Sports Physical Exams for Unique Watts Bears Football Team Coached by LAPD

14:49 EDT 1 Aug 2017 | Businesswire
Orthopaedic Institute for Children

As part of its ongoing community outreach activities, the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) hosted the Watts Bears football team on its campus recently, providing free sports physical exams for this unique team comprised of underprivileged youth in Watts and coached by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. This marked the third year OIC has provided this free service.

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Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) hosted the Watts Bears football team on its campus recently ...

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) hosted the Watts Bears football team on its campus recently, providing free sports physical exams. This marked the third year OIC has provided this free service. (Photo: Business Wire)

Among those participating in providing the exams were: OIC President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Scaduto, M.D.; Director of the Center for Sports Medicine Richard Bowen, M.D.; Associate Director of Non-Operative Sports Medicine Joshua Goldman, M.D.; Assistant Professor-in-Residence Nicholas Bernthal, M.D.; and a team of nurse practitioners. In addition to the physicals, the day included breakfast, prizes and assorted giveaways for members of the team.

Partnerships between community organizations and local law enforcement are vital to keep kids safe, healthy, and out of trouble,” said Dr. Bowen. “The Watts Bears Pop Warner football team is a fabulous program and provides a safe haven and mentoring for kids living in public housing. OIC is honored to lend our support to these young athletes who are developing lifetime skills that will help them create positive futures for themselves and their families.”

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives 60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

For Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Camille Strickland, 213-742-1501
CStrickland@mednet.ucla.edu

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