EMPOWERING ATHLETES & THEIR STORIES
Our community at work
By leading with their hearts, our instructors create a connection with each athlete and provide a space for them to connect to fitness at their own pace. Instructors invest a lot into ensuring riders are safe, have fun and get the best opportunity to improve their health and fitness.
We have several individuals and companies that have become Partners with Bloom to help bring fitness to more and more athletes with IDD. Get to know a few of our Partners.
Each contribution to Bloom Fitness fuels the program to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through fitness. See some of our donors that have helped Bloom grow and expand.
EMPOWERING ATHLETES & THEIR STORIES
meet our instructors
We are proud to introduce our featured September Instructor. Steve Quick is the most enthusiastic and selfless teacher, volunteering his time to spread love and fitness to our athletes. Here’s a bit more about Steve.
“I appreciate working with Bloom because I love helping the guys and girls that come to classes. They have so much love and enthusiasm. It’s contagious and sets me up for a greater day!”
We are proud to introduce our featured January Instructor. Patrina Anthony is an incredible gift to our program.
“I volunteer because I’m always willing to learn new things but volunteering with Bloom gives me great pleasure to know that this program is dedicated only to the IDD adult population. I am the Program Coordinator for The Harris Center Day Program. I also oversee Employment Services for the IDD population with the Harris Center, and supervise IDD case managers at the Gessner location.”
I volunteer for Bloom because I love helping people achieve their fitness goals and feel good about themselves.
I believe that all ABILITIES matter. I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they hit a new milestone in the program.
“I started teaching aerobic fitness classes in 1992 while in college and fell in love with exercise science. I majored in Physical Education in undergrad and got my Master’s in Kinesiology. I taught Physical Education to children from Pre-K to 8th grade and coached for 15 years. Throughout that time, I also received certifications in Yoga, Schwinn Cycling, and Senior Fitness. I’ve been an advocate for fitness as long as I can remember, and I love motivating all people to move!! The athletes at Bloom Fitness inspire me every day with their positive attitudes and dedication.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing community! I can’t wait to see all that we will create and learn together through movement, community, and fun!”
At The Hub, the students are blessed to be able to have a fitness class before their school day begins. Christian East stood out early on into our introduction of the Bloom Fitness program to the school. He was absolutely showing signs of leadership, and earlier this year, it was time to have Christian share his gift of leading. He lead his first spin class to his peers and has continued to do so with enthusiasm, love and encouragement. He is the 1st athlete in the Bloom Fitness program to have received an official “Instructor” shirt. We are filled with pride to witness this part of Christian’s journey. Keep up the amazing work Christian!
“I love volunteering for Bloom because it fills an important need and gives attention to a very special group of athletes. It is movement and exercise taught with love and acceptance. The best best best is seeing our athletes succeed in something that once frustrated them. To watch progress and see the huge smile, the excitement and change in their confidence. It is the gift I receive!”