With currently over 50 active participants, completing bi-annual assessments, Rock Steady Boxing Chattanooga continues to prove a delayed Parkinson's disease progression, increased strength, and balance skills, and improved social interactions, confidence, and quality of life, said officials.
This year RSBC is wrapping up April for Parkinson’s Awareness month with the annual Kickin’It for Parkinson’s, kickball tournament. Last year with over eight teams, 150 people in attendance, it raised over $8,000 for the Parkinson’s program and this year it returns even bigger.
The event will be held at the Barnhart Circle Fields in Fort Oglethorpe on April 30. Team are created in groups of 9-11 at $15/person. Individuals may register as a team, or as a free agent and will be put on a team.
There will be live music by The Pool, whose bass player just so happens to have Parkinson’s.
Tim Mullinax, long-time participant in the Rock Steady Boxing Chattanooga program, said, “Even though our demographic is sort of skewed and we aren’t as young as we used to be, Rock Steady Boxing is a lifesaver for those of us with PD. The intensive exercise pushes our motor skills. The complex routines push our cognitive skills, and our class pushes each other. Throw in kickball and its return to yesteryear, and a lot of fun!”
Rock Steady Boxing Chattanooga is one of many PD programs at Our House Studios. It also offers Pedaling for Parkinson’s free to the community, as well as a Tango for Parkinson’s class led by an instructor who charges $10 per couple per class. RSBC officials said they are driven to create the best environment for people with PD, and supporting this annual event helps sustain the year so they can continue to reach those in the Parkinson’s community.
People can register at: https://www.strideevents.com/events/kickin-it-for-parkinsons/2022/register
For those interested in sponsoring the event, there are multiple packages available. Please call Kristen at (770) 490-8191 for more details.
Current sponsors include Caliber Home Loans, Our House Studios, Phoenix Race, BenchMark Physical Therapy, Mt View Nissan and more.