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Coaches Corner May 2019

Summer is here meaning school is out and our day programs are on break leaving parents and caregivers of individuals with disabilities the task of keeping their child busy and active.  Summer fun can incorporate the whole family being active at the park, pool, zoo, splash pad, trampoline park, or strolling and biking the local walking trail.  Though some days, it might be just too gosh darn hott in this summer heat forcing activities inside.  So…

“What type of physical activities can we do at home to help our child with both physical and sensory needs?”

Coach Carolyn has multiple suggestions just for YOU.  The following activities are all Organizing Activities, which are considered middle of the road, so these activities will be able to alert someone that is under-stimulated, or calm someone that is over-stimulated. Heavy work, or lifting, it could be lightweights you have at home or doing some household chores that involve lifting. Resistance bands, jumping on a trampoline, wheelbarrow walking, crawling (make tunnels to make it more adventurous), wall pushes with hands or feet, sitting and balancing on a stability ball, frog jump, bear crawl, crab walk, passing a weighted ball, scooter boards (a towel on a hard surface floor can be substituted.) For a real challenge set up up several activities altogether to create an obstacle course, these can be changed out with different activities every so often to challenge your child. Whatever you do just be sure to have fun, enjoy and #MoveWhatYouCan!

Meet Kelly - Finding New Ways to MOVE!

Kelly Butler has always been active. She was heavily involved in recreational athletics, including cycling where she rode in the MS 150 and many triathlons. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 10 years ago, but only recently experienced significant disability due to the disease. In 2018 her symptoms worsened when she experienced Transverse Myelitis, which left her with very limited movement, spasticity and decreased sensation in both of her legs which ultimately resulted in the need to use a wheelchair.

Kelly shares, “I have had to adapt how I perform all of my daily activities--from the basics like showering, dressing & household chores to my recreation and leisure activities. Until I found Powered to Move I was limited by inaccessible equipment.  Sports equipment for those with disabilities is specialized and much more expensive. Thanks to P2M I have been able to get back to riding!  Kelly attended an expo last summer that allowed participants to try lots of different adaptive sports and recreation activities. It was there that she fell in love with handcycling. “On that bike I felt a part of myself that I had not felt for several months--the active me—come back to life! For the first time since becoming disabled I felt that I could still participate in activities and sports I loved. But when I began researching them I quickly discovered that purchase was not going to be in the budget for quite some time. So I "hung up" that dream. It wasn't long before P2M came to the rescue and got me riding!! Handcycling hasn't just provided the physical benefits of exercise, it's also benefitted me emotionally. Not being able to do as much as I used to has led to feelings of decreased self-worth. Being given this opportunity that someone who had never met me felt my desire to stay active was important enough to offer me a hand cycle to use really squelched any feelings of worthlessness. I believe it's important for everyone to have a tribe of like minded and supportive people that encourage you to be your best and believe in you when you are not able to believe in yourself. P2M offers this--not just in its community of people who are thriving despite a disability but they also offer opportunities to meet the unique challenges disabled individuals face trying to stay active. I am so excited to join in group rides and participate in races and events with the P2M team.” “No one likes to feel left out. Unfortunately, those with disabilities are frequently left out of recreational activities, particularly sports and exercise. Adapting sports and exercise opportunities to include those with disabilities offers the physical, emotional and social benefits of an active lifestyle to more individuals. Healthier people leads to a stronger community.”

We are excited to get Kelly riding again! #MoveWhatYouCan

All Eyes on Carolyn

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Powered to Move is very excited to welcome Carolyn Adams to our team. She will be joining us August 1st as our new Adapted Fitness Manager and taking over our bootcamps, curriculum/lesson planning and will be working on some fun new formats coming soon. She is a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and has a background in the school system working with special needs. She has tremendous passion for training folks with varying disabilities.   From Autism to Down Syndrome to training folks with physical disabilities, Carolyn believe everyone can participate in workouts at their own level, feel confident and have a great time doing it.  

She began her journey in the world of disability when her youngest son was diagnosed with Autism 13 years ago. When he started school she began working for the Special Education program that he attended. After working in education forC.Adams pushing Mayra nearly 10 years she felt compelled to combine her passion for fitness and those with Special Needs.

She shares, “my job as a special needs fitness trainer is to adapt my programming to fit the individual's learning style and fitness needs. Sometimes I have to change things up regularly depending on what is going on with them emotionally and physically. This flexibility allows me to help participants achieve the best workout they can considering their current circumstances. I feel that I am more than just a trainer, I am a motivator, life coach, and hopefully a friend! Inclusion is like a ripple in a pond, a small drop of water can cause ripples throughout an entire pond, just as an act of inclusion can spread joy and hope throughout a community and beyond. Participation looks different for everyone, and we all need to hear words of encouragement, empowerment, and support.”

Carolyn believes this is the path God has intended her to follow. We couldn’t agree more. Welcome Carolyn to the Powered to Move team!

Join Us for a Round

moc run 360 x 360Join us on September 7th for Powered to Move's Golf Tournament at Moccasin Run in Atlglen, PA. It will be a great day on a beautiful course with team and individual prizes, food and beverages. Your participation will help raise funds and awareness for the great need for physical fitness among people with intellectual and physical disabilities and support our programs making fitness fun and accessible for all. 

For more information or to register please contact - or contact Rodney King at 610 - 593-7322.  


Access Life 2018 Obstacle Course

Obstacle Course - cropped 177 x 168It’s Expo time in Texas!  That’s right, the 7th annual Access-Life Expo in North Texas for individuals and families living with disabilities is only a month away!  Please join us Saturday, June 9th from 10am* to 2pm at Oak Grove Park in Grapevine, Texas. (*Volunteers arrive by 8:30am).

We are looking forward to a great day of fellowship and fun! Along with the boat rides, bank fishing, archery, kayaking, games, arts and crafts and food, we have some NEW activities to enjoy including a full adaptive recreation area hosted by a great local ministry, as well as a variety of other resource exhibitors, too.  As always it is completely FREE.

Click HERE to register to PARTICIPATE or VOLUNTEER or register by phone at 352-455-9926.

Feel free to forward, post and share the information with others who may be interested in joining us for a blessed day in God’s great outdoors!

Courageous Kingsley

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Through our Adapted Fitness program, we have the privilege of meeting many courageous people, like our friend Kingsley. His is a story of overcoming and determination.   He was born with cerebral palsy and walks with crutches to help him balance but growing up he was less mobile. From ages 3-7 he was heavily dependent on a wheelchair.

“I can definitely say my biggest roadblock to staying active and fit was just trying to discover different activities and exercise that I could adapt to fit my ability and strength level. For example, when I went to my local recreation center where I live I had asked the staff if they had or knew of any adaptive sports I could participate in and the answer was no”

In early 2000’s he took action and was instrumental in starting a petition to create a wheelchair coed basketball team to emphasize the importance of staying active in the disabled community. A huge benefit was the sense of belonging and friendship. Kingsley’s petition brought great awareness about the severe need for better inclusion in extracurricular activities for individuals with disabilities. Challenges still exist for Kingsley today; he is constantly encountering barriers such as getting on a treadmill or trying to ride a typical bike. This led him to seek out additional organizations such as Powered to Move.

Through Powered to Move’s Adapted Fitness Program Kingsley has noticed his energy skyrocketing through the roof. He sleeps better and his mood has changed to much happier! He has lost over 50 pounds by working with an individual trainer and dietitian!

There are several misconceptions people have regarding individuals with disabilities. People are always shocked that even with difficulties Kingsley manages a fairly typical life with a wife, 5 kids and a full-time job.   Kingsley feels, “It is important for society to know and understand that people with physical disabilities or intellectual disabilities are able to live full and productive lives.” Kingsley is a true testament to how fitness can change individuals with disabilities lives.

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