THE ORIGINS OF FITNESS 4 FOCUS
The Fitness 4 Focus story really begins with the story of Tommy.
Founder Chris Russell first met Tommy McHale in 2005. At the time, Chris was a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) worker for Youth Advocate Programs. At recess on a fall day in Palmyra, PA, he bounced a ball to a boy named Tommy on the playground. The ball went right by him. Three seconds later, Tommy looked. Then he turned to go get the ball.
This simple moment inspired a profound idea in Chris. An idea of a place.
A place where people with special needs could go to become better. Stronger.
A place that would make them stronger, not only physically, but also cognitively.
A place where they could go to gain confidence.
A place where an athlete could become more independent.
Chris noticed Tommy’s poor hand-eye coordination and stamina, but he also knew that Tommy and others like him could improve their physical health with the right tools, people, and environment.
Five years later, in January 2010, Fitness 4 Focus officially began. The first facility (just the back of a church in Hershey) has since grown to three facilities spread across central Pennsylvania, and a new location in Charlotte, NC.
And what about Tommy? He has lost 90 pounds, gained more than that in confidence, and still comes to the gym three times a week, ready to work hard and grow as an athlete.
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