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Spring 2020

Come Join Challenger Gym!

Children of all abilities are welcome to participate in Challenger Gym!

What is Challenger Gym?

Challenger Gym is an after-school program for school-age students of all grade levels with extra needs who might need a fun, non-competitive alternative to traditional community sports.  Kids of all ages with varying levels of ability can participate. During the Spring 2019 session, we had 11 active participants.

Class Overview: 

A volunteer high school buddy is paired with each child. I believe the high school buddies like Challenger Gym just as much as the kids with whom they work. Although I am a physical therapist, the activities are definitely geared toward the fun side rather than therapeutic. Examples of activities have included obstacle courses, bowling, balloon fun, relay races and lots of throwing games. Each child is unique so we try to adapt games as needed.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no April 8), 15, 22

Time: 4:15-5:15

Location: Great Valley Community Organization 19 N. Bacton Hill Road Malvern, PA

If you are interested in signing your child up as a participant or if you would like to become a high school volunteer (we need lots of volunteers!), please email Wendy Morris. 
[email protected]

This program is a not-for-profit venture, and is not endorsed or financially supported by the Great Valley School District.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Winter 2019

Picture's are worth more than words: a look back at Challenger Gym Winter 2019!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More about Challenger Gym:
  • A typically very quiet girl talking non-stop to her high school buddy about everything from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to the Phillies spring training.
  • A child overwhelmed by even the sound of loud talking, is laughing and taking charge during parachute play by shouting ‘Up! Down! Shake, shake, shake! And everyone doing just as he instructs.
  • Discovering how a girl with a physical disability who needs assistance walking is also a truly gifted athlete. What an arm!
  • Three-point shooter?!! He stunned all of the high school assistants.
  • High school assistants running after very active children!
  • Freshmen basketball players talking about how the smiling, silent boy in school is so athletic catching and throwing balls easily.
  • Sheer happiness that a high school assistant could come so quickly to understand the subtlety of communication in a child with a severe physical disability who is not able to speak.

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