Maria

“Maria now sees herself doing things that she couldn’t do before… it’s priceless.” – Jessica (Maria’s mom)

8 year old Maria has a unique form of cerebral palsy that prevents her from participating in everyday fitness activities. Maria’s mom, Jessica, learned about the Y’s Adaptive Fitness program and thought it would be perfect for her little girl. The program is designed for Y members with diverse abilities and offers adaptive fitness equipment, while fostering an inclusive environment for our entire community.

“The program is good for Maria’s socialization” says physical therapist, Tracy Stoner. “She gets the benefit of seeing other kids, unlike in a PT clinic where it may be more isolated.” The long-term goal was for Jessica to bring Maria to the Y and have the ability to exercise as a family. She’s achieved that goal, all while witnessing her daughter’s incredible progress. “Maria now sees herself doing things that she couldn’t do before… it’s priceless.”

Photo by Errol Ebanks www.errole.com

Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.