Just received a $4000 Grant from the Special Olympics!

Balance 180 is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Special Olympics!

The Balance 180 team has been working effortlessly to bring the Gainesville community together through the Young Athletes Program. From volunteers to board members, we are all thankful to receive such a wonderful grant to continue and improve our services in the future.

Thanks, Special Olympics!

We Made the Front Page of the Gainesville Sun!

Special kids get a jump on sports and togetherness

By Kristine Crane
Staff writer

Zaivion and Zachary Mason of Gainesville never used to play together. Although the two brothers are just a year apart, they were born with one big difference between them: Zaivion, 7, has cerebral palsy, a disease of the central nervous system affecting motor skills, and his little brother doesn’t.

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Athletes Gear Up for The Special Olympics!

Balance 180 has made into another article in The Independent Alligator! Check it out!

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Young athletes will have the chance to shine at Alachua County’s first Special Olympics this weekend.

Rooted on by UF cheerleaders, Olympic torchbearer Jillian Roberts and the mayor of Gainesville, disabled preschool- and elementary-aged children will perform athletics including running, jumping and throwing, said event coordinator Krista Vandenborne.

The Special Olympics will take place at St. Francis Catholic High School, 4100 NW 115th St., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The program is being hosted by Balance 180, an organization founded this year by two UF professors. Vandenborne, the chairwoman of UF’s Department of Physical Therapy, is among the professors who helped found Balance 180.

She said the young athletes — ages 2 through 7 with disabilities ranging from Down syndrome to cerebral palsy — have been preparing for the event all semester with training sessions.

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Check Out Balance 180’s Article About the Olympic Torch!

GAINESVILLE, FLA. –The 2012 Olympics might be finished, but an Olympic torch will make an appearance in Gainesville.

Sunday, Jillian Roberts, a 2012 Olympic torchbearer and UF student, will bring a torch given to her after the Olympics to St. Francis Catholic High School, 4100 NW 115th Terrace.

Roberts will bring the torch for the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program Culminating Event hosted by Balance 180 Gymnastics & Sports Academy.

“I’m real excited to come and let them see the torch,” Roberts said. “I hope they like it and they can take back something from seeing the torch.“

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Get Ready for the YAP Culminating Event on Dec. 2!

The Balance 180 team is gearing up for the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program Culminating Event!

The YAP Culminating Event 

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: St. Francis Catholic High School

4100 NW 115th St. Gainesville, FL 32606

 

The YAP Culminating Event is the final showcase of all our athletes’ hard work throughout their sessions. This is one of the most exciting events at Balance 180 where parents, guests and prominent community members are all welcomed to join and cheer on our athletes’ talents. We will also have performances of the Sedoctaves and Extreme Dance Company. The Culminating Event will be a fun day filled with sports, entertainment and prominent speakers. Thanks to Jillian Roberts, torchbearer at the 2012 London Olympics, the children will be able to hold a very SPECIAL olympic torch! Be inspired and join us…

Some confirmed guests of the Culminating Event include:

  • Craig Lowe, Mayor of the City of Gainesville
  • Chris Machen, University of Florida First Lady
  • Michael Perri, Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions

The Balance 180 Team is also reaching out to supporters that include prominent national and local athletes around Gainesville. We’ll keep you all updated!

We hope to see everyone at the Culminating Event!