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E. Petersburg gym to offer special workouts for special needs

JON RUTTER, Lancaster Online

LNP Correspondent Mar 29, 2015

During a game of catch at recess one day a decade ago, Chris Russell tossed a ball to 10-year-old Tommy.

"He just let it whiz on by," recalls Russell, a therapeutic trainer.

The lack of reaction by Tommy, a boy with special needs, gave Russell a flash of insight. Sure, such special-needs kids could use his help in developing cognitive skills. But their bodies also cry out for the coordination and muscular strength required to do basic activities like bathing and using the toilet — and playing.

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