All children can benefit from exercise, energy release and the pure enjoyment of playing sports. This includes children with special needs. Families need to have a place to receive social and emotional support while trying to navigate the challenges of raising a child with special needs.
Challenger Gym, led by a licensed Physical Therapist, was established to provide a community gym program for children with special needs. The emphasis is on having fun, providing physical activities in which the children can successfully participate while forging relationships with high school volunteers "buddies".
This "no fee" program was created to fill a niche for kids who would have difficulty participating in traditional community sports programs
Everyone wins participating in the Challenger Gym Program! Children develop self-esteem and grow self-confidence. Families receive quality programming at no charge while connecting with the community and High School volunteers forge life-changing relationships with community members.
Funded by Philadelphia, PA (September 2019)