While there is no shortage of programs centered on physical, speech and occupational therapy, fitness options for the special needs community are virtually nonexistent. The following services, among others, will be provided: Team GUTS will offer sports programs designed specifically for the special needs community, including one-on-one training, fitness classes, sports camps, strength training, yoga, Zumba, and Boxercise, as well as organized team sports like soccer, football, baseball, and cheerleading.
These activities are especially important for the special needs community given the unique challenges they face in remaining fit. With respect to the Down syndrome community, research indicates low fitness levels and obesity despite data that indicate physiological gains from physical activity and exercise interventions. Low fitness levels and obesity in individuals with Down syndrome are thought to be related to sedentary lifestyles, the lack of social and recreational opportunities, or low motivation to be physically active (Volume 12, Issue 1, July 2007, Down Syndrome Research and Practice). Consequently, there is a prevalence of obesity in children, adolescents and adults with Down syndrome.
By establishing Team GUTS, a tax-exempt non-profit, we can make a major impact on the lives thousands with special needs children and adults.