A large crowd was present May 19 on the CCCLA campus to celebrate Founder’s Day 2010. More than 120 students joined faculty, staff and special guests to honor the founders of the College, while also celebrating the birthday of Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr.
Dr. Ashley Cleveland ’95, provost, started the day’s activities by addressing the gathering. Taking the podium after Dr. Cleveland was keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Spencer, a 1988 CCCLA graduate. Spencer was a member of the United States Olympic cycling team at the 1972 Munich games.
After completing the College’s D.C. program, Spencer launched his practice focusing primarily on athletes. In the more than two decades since leaving CCCLA, he has treated professional competitors in a wide range of sports, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and golfer Tiger Woods.
Mo Estepa (VIII), Student Council president, was particularly impressed by Spencer’s role in the treatment of the American cycling team in its quest for multiple Tour de France victories. Calling Spencer’s presentation “inspirational and empowering,” Estepa enjoyed learning about the role Spencer played in the team’s success.
“What linked all those victories was not necessarily the treatments, strategies or protocols for patient care, but rather the context that he operated in,” Estepa said. “His team operated with a singular commitment, and in camaraderie with fellow health care professionals.”
Following Spencer’s speech, breakout sessions were held in several rooms on campus. Technique workshops were conducted by Dr. Muffit Jensen ’90, Dr. Carol Claus ’88, Dr. Charles Bates ’98 and Dr. Mitch Carter ’99. A Kinesiotape and Graston workshop was conducted by Dr. Andrew Park, Dr. Felix Lee and Dr. Ted Papenhagen ’06. Mid-day brought the Vendor Fair, and this was followed by an outdoor lunch in Lot A and prize raffles.