Freedom Center Offers Scholarships to Individuals with Disabilities

Posted: May 30, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center is accepting applications for scholarships to provide fitness services to individuals with disabilities. The application deadline is July 1 for the six-month program that begins in September.

Twenty-five scholarships are available for individuals who are at least 12 years old; are residents of the city of Manassas or Prince William County or are students at George Mason; have a sensory and/or physical disability; and can document financial need. Individuals receiving the scholarships must pay a $150 fee, which is refunded upon successful completion of the program.

Participants begin the program with one-on-one instruction in fitness development to determine personal goals and individual plans, then work toward gaining the confidence and ability to work independently. Activities include weight training and strength development, aquatic aerobics, and cardiovascular conditioning.

George Mason professor Fred Schack, who specializes in adapted physical education, fitness, and nutrition, developed the Freedom Center program. The scholarships are funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services through the city of Manassas Disabilities Services Board. Applications are available in the lobby of the Freedom Center or by calling x38506.

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