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TODAY news for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus news

New Team PossAbilities will bring able-bodied and disabled individuals together

Anyone interested in fitness through sports such as running, walking, bicycling, swimming, and triathlon is invited to join Team PossAbilities, recently launched by Loma Linda University Medical Center–East Campus Hospital.

Beginners through elite athletes are welcome, as are people with disabilities.

“Team PossAbilities integrates disabled persons with the rest of the community,” says Willie Stewart, coordinator of the program and a disabled athlete himself. “We don’t compartmentalize people. This team will have inspiration for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.”

Members of Team PossAbilities receive discounted member rates for bicycles, USTA-certified coaching, group training, body composition, and VO2 max assessment. They can also participate in training groups and races by sport and attend club meetings with guest speakers.

The $100 annual membership fee includes a Team PossAbilities jersey and shorts. All team members are eligible to have their annual membership fee reimbursed by completing at least 10 sanctioned races in their Team PossAbilities uniform.

Featured athletes, selected for outstanding performance and support of PossAbilities goals, are also eligible to have their race fees reimbursed for up to $500 per year.

Team PossAbilities aims to promote a healthy and productive lifestyle through peer support, training, and athletic competition. The team will also be supporting and organizing both recreational and competitive events throughout the year.

Additionally, the team raises awareness of the PossAbilities program, developed by the Loma Linda University Medical Center–East Campus Hospital. The program offers persons with permanent disabilities recreational and social activities and a sense of community to help integrate them back into everyday life. It is free of charge. 

For information about LLUMC–East Campus Hospital’s Team PossAbilities or the PossAbilities program, visit <mypossabilities.com> or call (909) 558-6384.

By Marilyn Thomsen, mfa

TODAY news for Thursday, August 24, 2006