Physical therapy students recognized at Los Angeles Dodgers game

The dodgers high-five each other
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As a kid, CSUN student Joshua Hawkins, lived near Dodger Stadium and played as a catcher much like Brooklyn Dodgers Roy Campanella.

Before Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers honored 15 of CSUN’s Physical Therapy Doctoral students on the Dodger Stadium field with the Campanella Scholarship.

Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella-Roan joined the lucky few in their recognition, Hawkins being one of them.

Hawkins is in his third year at CSUN’s Doctor for Physical Therapy program and said receiving this recognition was an honor, and he is proud to represent the program and CSUN as a whole.

“To be associated with the legacy that his family has been able to carry out with their continued works and community outreach is beyond description for me,” Hawkins said.

Physical Therapy professor Aimie Kachingwe said the Campanella foundation used to give scholarships to Southern California students to help them become physical therapists, but eventually the foundation’s finances ran out.

“Five years ago, the Dodgers decided to team up with the Campanella foundation to continue it and selected CSUN to be the only recipients,” Kachingwe said.

The scholarship presents its recipients with $1,000 each, and of those 15 recipients, two students also attended CSUN for their undergraduate studies, according to Kachingwe.

After applying for the scholarship, students are chosen by the department based on a number of qualifications.

First year doctoral students are evaluated by the kinesiology professor they had during their undergraduate studies, while second and third year students are evaluated by their clinical instructor, according to Kachingwe.

“We base it on academic and financial need, service and leadership, professional behavior and cultural competence,” Kachingwe said.

The Dodgers will continue to partner with the Campanella Foundation, recognizing exemplary CSUN students.

“As a youth baseball player, you often imagine what it’d be like to have your name called out on the stadium. To have it happen is surreal,” Hawkins said.