Solvang nonprofit Hidden Wings will begin a new fitness boot camp for adults with special needs starting Feb. 1.
Throughout the last 10 years, Hidden Wings has implemented an intense workout program every Saturday morning, run by local athlete and coach Robb Kennedy.
The success of that program—involving kayaking, hiking, and more—helped catalyze the new Working Through Fitness program, which will be held Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
James Poggione, age 32, a defensive line coach at Santa Barbara City College who’s leading the new program, said the hope is that these young adults will build teamwork skills and find full-time employment where that collaboration is critical.
“The individuals involved will grow as a team to learn team based employment strategies,” Poggione said. “The key to this program is to provide companionship, fellowship and individual growth. The emphasis will be different kinds of sports, agility, cardio and well as strength and resistance training.”
Poggione said the program is a good warm up for anyone who will be involved in Special Olympics, which has begun again in the Santa Ynez Valley after 30 years. The sports include basketball, bocce, golf, soccer, and swimming.
All adults with special needs who are partnered with the Tri County Regional Center invited to the attend the Fitness Program for free. Otherwise, each session is $30.
For more information, contact James Poggione at 805-350-2976 or Hidden Wings President James Billington 805-705-3918.