RICHMOND, VA – (Tuesday, September 8, 2020) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to partner with local non-profit Power Over Parkinson’s to create a Walking Club on Tuesdays, September 29 through November 3 at Deep Run Park. The unique opportunity for health, fitness, and a sense of community is designed exclusively for individuals living with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease or stroke survivors. Registration is available now at Sportable.org.
“Partnering with Power Over Parkinson’s to start a Walking Club for members of our community with movement disorders is an exciting new program that aligns perfectly with our mission to make sports accessible for individuals with physical disabilities,“ commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “Not only will this program take steps towards improving health and fitness, but is also an important way to decrease social isolation that many people are facing during these COVID-19 times.“
Gary Rogliano, Founder of Power Over Parkinson’s, added, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Sportable for the weekly Walking Club. With so many aligning goals between POP and Sportable, particularly around serving similar communities, the collaboration was very natural and one that we believe will help those with movement disorders and other physical limitations.“
Individuals with movement disorders are invited to walk at any pace along the scenic pond at Deep Run Park during this fall’s six-week program. The Walking Club will encourage members to incorporate more activity into daily routines, while connecting with other members in the community with similar goals and experiences. Social distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure safety precautions are taken.
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. The non-profit organization provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. Learn more at Sportable.org.
About Power Over Parkinson’s
Power Over Parkinson’s is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt private foundation supporting the use of exercise, socialization, and wellness to reduce the symptoms or slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
When Richmond, Virginia executive and founder Gary Rogliano was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, his research for treatment methods found that exercise and physical activity were among the most effective treatments in addition to long-standing drug therapies. After experiencing the benefits of such programs as Rock Steady Boxing, LSVT Global’s BIG and LOUD programs and his own personally developed multi-sport training program, Gary decided to create a charitable foundation, Power Over Parkinson’s, to help other Parkinson’s Disease warriors take advantage of exercise, physical and speech therapy and other programs designed to promote movement and speech that are not generally covered under Medicare and other typical health plans.
Today, Gary stays active in his business ventures and develops support systems for other PD patients while he continues his own aggressive attack against the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease through exercise. It's his goal to help his fellow warriors power over Parkinson's. Learn more at PowerOverPD.org.