Adapted gymnastics helps children with disabilities

4 years 4 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 06 2016 Apr 6, 2016 Wednesday, April 06, 2016 4:04:00 PM CDT April 06, 2016 in Sports
By: Haley Hughes, KOMU 8 Sports
loading

COLUMBIA - A local adapted gymnastics program is helping children look past their disability and do things they otherwise might not get the opportunity to do.

“Adapted gymnastics is just a chance for kids to run around and be kids. Kids can do modified gymnastics and gross motor activities and just be kids in a safe environment,” Co-Director Jeff Krug said.

Lisa Thomas said the program has helped her daughter tremendously. Her daughter Maria, who she adopted, has cerebral palsy and is both blind and nonverbal.

“When we first got her she was this wadded up ball of fury she sat in her wheelchair with her head practically touching her knees. Now she sits up straight and talks, holds her face up, she smiles, responds to people’s voices. I’ve cried so many times and as a mother, or any parent, it’s something you can’t put into words,” Thomas said.

Like Maria, Adam Martin also has cerebral palsy. His father, Jeff Martin, said it means a lot to see his son get so much enjoyment out of the program.

“It’s really meaningful, because it gives Adam an outlet to do something that he wouldn’t ordinarily get to do. The coaches do such a good job with him and working with him and I really appreciate that,” Martin said.

Krug said most of the coaches are students at the University of Missouri who volunteer their time to work one on one with the children. He said the students also benefit from the program.

“These children are teaching them. We get a lot of coaches that come that haven’t really been around children, so they’re nervous in the beginning, but by the end of the semester they are running around having a ball,” Krug said.

Krug said a semester worth of session, which equals about 10 to 11 sessions, costs 20 dollars. He said that money goes to Tiger Academy Gymnastics for the use of their facility and equipment. Sessions typically occur every Sunday and last one hour.

More information about sessions can be found on their Facebook page.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — JC Schools held a virtual session, Friday, to answer questions from parents and staff regarding the fall... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 7:28:00 PM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The Boone County Commission released a letter on Friday, defending decisions made concerning CARES Act funding. On... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 4:53:00 PM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some ballots requested near the state's deadline may not be returned by mail in time to be... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 3:38:58 PM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — This school year, some parents are responsible for juggling jobs and helping teach their children outside the... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 3:28:00 PM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police have identified a man who was found shot to death in a grassy lot in... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 2:12:00 PM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Police have charged a 25-year-old man with first-degree murder after they say he shot and killed a 5-year-old... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 2:02:01 PM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri prosecutors on Wednesday came out against Republican Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to give the state attorney... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 11:15:49 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making clear why he opposes extra money for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service.... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 11:12:01 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
( Missourian ) - Want to support Columbia businesses that are struggling through the pandemic and not leave your... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 10:48:00 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police in southwestern Missouri are investigating the shooting death of a man in Springfield. Police said... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 10:41:41 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — The newest Major League Soccer team will be called St. Louis City SC when it debuts... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 10:23:53 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 10:01:00 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Boris Johnson's latest strategy to fight coronavirus aims to make Britain healthier -- but campaigners are worried about... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 8:05:05 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged in the shooting death of a 4-year-old Kansas City, Missouri,... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 Friday, August 14, 2020 6:09:31 AM CDT August 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Forum Boulevard closed throughout the night for construction workers to build storm sewer drainage between Green Meadows Road... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:44:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Columbia’s City Council discussed homelessness Thursday during their budget work session. Ward 1 Council Member, Pat Fowler,... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:16:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
(AP) - The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events - a move that does not effect major college football... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:10:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The owner of one of Columbia's oldest buildings is glad he invested in fire sprinklers when he bought... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
11pm 75°
12am 74°
1am 74°
2am 73°