A sports injury helped Gary resident Alisha Hayes solidify her career choice as a physical therapist.
“I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during a basketball game in April, and had surgery in May. I have had to attend physical therapy sessions all summer,” Hayes said.
“The people that I have worked with have shown me the diversity in the career and the type of clients I would be able to help. I was able to get a first-hand look at what I would do on a day-to-day basis as a physical therapist.”
A senior at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, Hayes became acquainted with the profession when she was invited to attend the Indiana University Summer Honors Program. She now plans to study sports medicine at Indiana University, Bloomington.
“I like that I would be mobile, not stuck in an office, and able to interact with people on health-related matters. I also would love to combine my love for sports with my interest in health services,” she said.
Hayes was recently named a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, recognizing her outstanding academic achievements.
“I am absolutely honored that I was chosen. I feel like all my hard work and dedication has paid off. I’m very proud of myself, but I must stay humble and continue to strive to be the best,” she said.
Hayes is the daughter of Jerome Hayes and Annisha (Levon) Whittaker, and attends Progressive Community Church in Gary.
“The person who inspires me to work hard in everything I do is my mother. To me she is the smartest, most beautiful person on this earth. She makes me want to strive to be better in everything I do,” she added.