Our community focuses on helping athletes bloom.

By leading with heart and focusing on the pride, love, and sense of belonging that each athlete experiences as a Bloom athlete, we encourage athletes to choose a lifetime of wellness through Bloom.


Our community at work


By leading with their hearts, our volunteers connect with each athlete and provide a space for them to connect to fitness at their own pace. As Bloom volunteer, Glynn Johnson said best, "The Bloom athletes give me 1000 times more than I could ever give them."


Bloom partners with IDD service providers across the country. Through partnership, we leverage our talents to bring lifelong wellness into day habilitation and transitional education programs across America. Nicole Wedin, Director of Vocation Program at The Village notes: "This partnership is more than I could have asked for. The day-to-day lives of our clients are improving class by class. Thank you for the support from Bloom."


Behind every Bloom athlete is a network of parents, guardians, and other family members supporting the athlete's commitment to a lifetime of wellness. Bloom applauds each and every one of you as equally important Bloom Community members.


meet our instructors


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.”

Michele S.

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!”


“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!”

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