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Miracle League and UNCW team up for fitness

The Miracle League and UNCW College of Health and Human Sciences are now offering fitness courses to those with disabilities (Source:The Miracle League of Wilmington) The Miracle League and UNCW College of Health and Human Sciences are now offering fitness courses to those with disabilities (Source:The Miracle League of Wilmington)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

ACCESS of Wilmington, Inc., operators of The Miracle League, and the UNCW College of Health and Human Sciences have partnered together in conjunction with the G.A.M.E.S program, Group Activity through Movement in Exercise and Sports. 

Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, around 30 adults participate in cardio, weight training, walking laps, and much more at the BRAX Stadium PPD Miracle Baseball Field. 

"It's really special, you know. It allows us to get out there and meet new people," said Ben Longton, a volunteer with the program. "It allows our population to get more physically fit. It's a great time for all of our students." 

"Although all participants have diagnoses of Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, or other disabilities, nothing holds them back,” said Jennifer Bell, Executive Director of ACCESS of Wilmington. 

Since it's inception in 2014, G.A.M.E.S. has been shown to reduce overall risk of falls, and increase muscular endurance and fitness levels of those with disabilities who participate. Down the road, the groups hope to expand to Veterans with disabilities as well as those in hospice communities around the area. 

More information can be found at http://miracleleaguewilm.org/.

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