“I don’t know what I would have done without the Y.”
Travis Nock was in the grocery store when a stranger asked him if he played wheelchair basketball.
“I thought he was joking because I was getting ice cream at the time, but I was intrigued by his question. I was getting older, I had gained 20 lbs over the last 10 years and it was time for me to do something about it.”
Travis who has limited mobility in his legs, started looking for a place where he could exercise. Specifically, he wanted to be able to practice basketball in a gym and use a hand cycle for cardio workouts. He called numerous places in Sussex County, but he was unable to find what he needed, until he visited the Sussex Family YMCA. Initially he didn’t think that he would be able to afford a membership, but through the Open Doors Scholarship program Travis has been a faithful Y member for over a year now.
He drives roughly 30 minutes a few times a week to get to the Y in Rehoboth, but he says, “It’s so beneficial and it became a blessing that the Y was able to fulfill what I needed. There are other workout places closer to me, but they couldn’t accommodate my needs.”
Travis is now on a team and competes in tournaments playing wheelchair basketball. He loves it and says, “I really don’t know what I would’ve done without the Y.”