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Top 10 Things to Learn About the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center

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Top 10

Things to Learn About the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center

By Brielle Carter, Program Coordinator
Photos by Loren Worthington

1. Equipment Orientations
Once you have signed up for a membership at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, you are eligible for a complimentary fitness equipment orientation, where you will learn how to use the equipment properly and workout safely. Even if you have worked out before, we recommend this for any new member. If you are currently a member, but haven’t received an equipment orientation, please contact us to schedule today!

2. Recreation Equipment
Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center has various sports and recreation equipment that you can use while you are here, such as basketballs, soccer balls, scooters, parachutes, games, crafts and much more. Stop by the front desk to check out any recreation equipment at no charge.

3. Personal Training Inquiries
Every mmber can schedule a complimentary one-on-one 30-minute inquiry with a national certified personal trainer. A trainer will evaluate your risk stratification, health history, health behavior modification goals, exercise prescription, and if you desire, set up a fee-based personal training session.

4. Private Swim Lessons
Available for everyone! Our pools are open March through the end of November. We have member and non-member rates for swim lessons. Brush up on your swim skills or learn to swim for the first time. Everyone is eligible for an assessment prior to your first fee-based swim lesson.

5. Wheelchairs for Use
Ability360 received a grant from Thunderbird Charities and Fiesta Bowl Charities to purchase sport wheelchairs of all sizes. Chairs are available for use during classes and programs such as wheelchair tennis and wheelchair lacrosse, and to train in the fitness center at no additional cost. We also received a donation from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan for ten every-day chairs of all sizes.

6. Recreation Therapy Sessions
At Ability360, we provide an opportunity to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities through participation in creative arts, sensory play, adaptive sports, social recreation, fitness, rock climbing and aquatic programs. We aim not only to increase recreation participation, but also range of motion, communication, self-confidence, coping skills, leisure awareness, health and wellness. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) will facilitate or shadow the session. Recreation Therapy services are for participants of all ages and are fee based.


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7. Adaptive Golf
Be adventurous and stand up and play with Ability360’s paramobiles. Please inquire at the front desk to rent a paramobile for your next tee time!

8. Ability360 to Go
We recognize that groups and organizations cannot always come to us; with Ability360 to Go, we will come to you! We can speak to your group about all the activities and programs we offer, provide a fitness sample class and have an athlete share his or her story.

9. Silver Level Paralympic Sport Club
Ability360 is designated as a Silver Level Paralympic Sport Club (PSC) by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Paralympic Sport Clubs are community-based programs that engage youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity regardless of skill level. We advanced to the Silver Level by expanding Paralympic Sports programs and events, participating in a Paralympic Talent Identification Day and obtaining Paralympic Sport Coaching certifications, among other benchmarks.

10. Team360
Team360 is an opportunity for our staff, members and volunteers to participate in community fundraisers and events in order to support the disability community, while promoting Ability360 and the sponsored organization. For example, The Rookie Team360 membership costs $15; Ability360 will pay for $30 worth of registration fees for Ability360-approved community fundraisers and events such as 5Ks, marathons, triathlons and more. With this package, the Rookie receives a Team360 shirt to be worn at these events. This package may only be purchased by Ability360 Sports & Fitness members and used by that individual.

A shot from the knees down of a man playing adaptive golf in a paramobile