The Occupational Therapy Centennial Float has been accepted as an official entry in the 2017 Annual Tournament of Roses® Parade that will be held on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Pasadena, California. This unprecedented initiative honors the 100th Anniversary of the occupational therapy profession, including the 350,000 occupational therapy practitioners and millions of consumers world-wide.

 For 100 years, occupational therapy practitioners have dedicated their lives to rehabilitating veterans, helping children with disabilities be able to play and to learn, modifying home environments for the aging to age in place within the context of their own homes, and assisting individuals with mental illness to live life to the fullest.  Your donation will help us honor this commendable history and celebrate occupational therapy’s future in promoting global health and wellness among individuals of all ages.

 $250,000 needs to be raised to support the costs of float design and construction that begins in March 2016, just a few months away!  We want to achieve the short-term goal of $150,000 by January 1st, and you can help us get there!

The float provides a reverent feel that embraces the notion of living life to the fullest.  In the front there is a beautiful inspirational garden with trellis that ties in to the floral beauty of the annual Rose Parade®.  The garden represents growth, development, life, and living.  The four pillars represent 4 key foundational concepts of the history of our profession introduced by Adolph Meyer, “work, rest, play, and sleep” that are necessary in order to achieve an ideal “balance” within daily life.

To read more about the float please visit


As part of the fundraising campaign, all occupational therapy academic programs in the country are asked to donate a minimum of $1,000 to help meet this goal. The Brenau Student OT Association (BOTSA) officially launched our GoFundMe site for the Rose Bowl Parade fundraiser! In order to meet the deadline for the competition, BOTSA hopes to raise $1000 by December 9. Please support the Brenau School of OT and the profession by contributing to this worthy event. Thank you for your support.
Here is the link for the GoFundMe site:

The Benefits of Membership

Marco Coelho Headshot"As a member of GOTA, I have access to a professional network of peers across a broad spectrum of practice areas ranging from pediatrics to older adult services, in both private practice and the public sector. Membership in GOTA not only fosters my career development, it also serves as a platform to advocate for Occupational Therapy across our entire state."

- Marco Coelho, MS, OTR/L

 Learn More

Volunteer Opportunities

Feel like you need to make a bigger impact in your profession? Want to help advance Occupational Therapy in the state of Georgia? GOTA is the perfect organization to get started! We are actively looking for members to fill different executive board and committee positions. If you would like to get more involved, please click on the link below to learn more.

Continue Reading