T.O.D.D. Field Day a Huge Success

Photo courtesy of OPAF & The First Clinics

T.O.D.D. Field Day, a day of adaptive recreational activities commemorating Todd Anderson, CP, FAAOP, was a great success!

The event, held October 1 in Minneapolis, saw over 250 attendees of various ages and physical challenges from across the Midwest arriving throughout the day to celebrate the life and adaptive athletic pursuits of Todd Anderson. Anderson, an Otto Bock HealthCare employee who passed away suddenly in August 2010, was an avid sportsman, athlete, clinician and enthusiast of adaptive recreation. Otto Bock chose to honor and remember Todd with T.O.D.D. Field Day, with the letters T.O.D.D. standing for Taking Opportunities, Defying Disabilities.

Photo courtesy of OPAF & The First Clinics

Under the brilliant blue skies of a perfect Minnesota fall day, activities included rock climbing, hockey, adaptive biking, golf, a high ropes course, archery and cross country skiing. There were also demonstrations of wheelchair basketball, soccer, rugby, adaptive and inclusive tennis, and more. Vendors from over a dozen local and national nonprofit organizations were on hand to share information and their story to attendees. Food, fun and fellowship were all part of the day, and there was also a memory wall for attendees, family and friends to leave a memory of Todd.

Otto Bock’s president, Brad Ruhl, was on hand, along with over 75 company employees, and he gave a touching and funny tribute to Todd. He remembered Todd’s humor as well as his dedication and drive and spoke of T.O.D.D. Field Day becoming an annual event.

The event was made possible by partnerships with Courage Center, a rehabilitation center in Minneapolis; OPAF & The First Clinics, representing the philanthropic arm of the orthotic and prosthetic community; Northern Star Base Camp; and countless volunteers and friends.

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