About the Challenge

The Marquette Challenge is an annual grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students across the country to support new investigators in the field of physical therapy research. Read our press release to see who was most recently funded by the Challenge.

The Challenge is the Foundation’s signature annual fundraising initiative raising more funds each year than any other Foundation activity. Since its inception, 264 schools have participated in the Challenge, raising over $3.3 million for physical therapy research.

To find out more, check out our Challenge flyer or recent videos: “Get on the List” and Step up to the Challenge!

Get On The List!
Your school can get on “The List” by contributing any amount to the annual Challenge effort. The 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge officially launches at NSC in October 2016. The Foundation accepts Challenge donations year-round. To make a donation now click hereClick here to see if your school is on “The List.”

Challenge of the Month
Accept the Challenge of the Month today!  Organize and host a fundraiser for the VCU-Marquette Challenge according to the monthly challenge in the month it is assigned. Be sure to submit photos from that fundraiser to and your program will be entered to win a small prize. A schedule of the monthly challenges can be found here.

Previous Challenge Winners
This year we had an unprecedented 150 programs participate in the Challenge! Click here to see our recent Challenge Award recipients who were recognized at the Challenge Awards Luncheon and the Foundation’s Gala on June 9, 2016.

Challenge Coordinator Contact Info:
Kathleen Schaefer, SPT, Kristen Garey, SPT and Nicole Roth, SPT of Marquette University
Casey Burruss, SPT of Virginia Commonwealth University

Foundation Contact Info:
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 800/875-1378
Fax: 703/684-4083

If you have specific questions regarding the Challenge, please contact Kathleen Ott at 703/706-3174 or or


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Donation Deadline:
April 27,2017


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