In honor of National Disability Awareness Month this October, the YMCA of Greater Richmond announces its partnership with Sportable!
Beginning in January 2014, the Y will launch a pilot partnership between Sportable and three of the Y’s branches – the Shady Grove Family YMCA, Downtown YMCA and Midlothian Family YMCA. Under the collaboration, athletes from Sportable will receive a complimentary membership to the Y and individualized coaching and fitness orientations from Y and Sportable coaches. The Y will purchase fitness equipment that is uniquely suited to individuals in wheelchairs, with limited arm or leg strength, amputees, or going through physical rehabilitation. Sportable is providing professional guidance to the Y on how to make the layout of wellness center equipment and room design more accessible.
The pilot program is an effort to reduce the barriers that individuals with disabilities can often face in public facilities.
“The Y is open to all, so we can bring people of all abilities together like few organizations in our community can,” said Tim Joyce, President and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Richmond.
“We believe that healthy equity is a right everyone should enjoy; therefore, we welcome this partnership with Sportable to empower individuals with disabilities so they have the opportunity to exercise, get fit and improve their mobility.”
“This is an excellent way to give athletes with disabilities opportunities to participate in a variety of YMCA community based activities. We hope this partnership will not only be fun and meaningful, but will open people’s perception of the disabled,” said Tricia Puryear, Vice President of Community Engagement and Collaborations.
“We’re so pleased to provide this new opportunity for our athletes,” said Kristin Lessig, co-founder and executive director of Sportable. “Together, we can transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport by helping to create a more inclusive health & fitness community. To know that the YMCA also shares in this with its mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for ALL, we couldn’t be more excited to partner and connect our athletes with a community resource that also wants to encourage their personal empowerment beyond just the basketball or tennis courts.”