SWEAT for a VET 2010 Delivers Equipment for Wounded Warriors

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Project VisAbility, Sport & Health Prepare to “SWEAT” Twice as Much in 2011

Project VisAbility announced today that equipment purchased from donations to its SWEAT for a VET 2010 fundraising event have been delivered to Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda’s National Naval Medical Center and are already in use by wounded warriors at those facilities.

Three types of adaptive equipment were purchased through SWEAT for a VET - Concept2 adaptive rowers, Johnny G Krankcycles® by Matrix and Invacare Top End Handcycles. The Concept2 rowing machines are now installed at the Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade and Fort Lewis locations, and are available for veterans rehabilitating at those facilities.Krankcycles are being delivered to Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. The Invacare Top End Handcycles were delivered to the Walter Reed facility and are being used on campus as well as available for warriors to compete in marathons.

“We are delighted to have received the donation of this equipment that will be so beneficial to our wounded warriors at all of the sites served by our program including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, Fort Meade, and Fort Belvoir,” said Heather Campbell CTRS, US Paralympic Military Program, “providing these heroes with important resources to help them continue their rehabilitation and become active again is a great way to improve their overall wellbeing.”

SWEAT for a VET, the first-of-its-kind inclusive fitness fundraising event, and benefiting wounded warriors, was held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Tysons Sport & Health Club in McLean, VA. Challenged athletes and disabled Veterans participated and led the indoor cycling, Kranking® and rowing “ride” alongside able-bodied individuals with special guest Johnny G, creator of Spinning® and the new Krankcycle by Matrix. In addition to the main event site, all 23 other Sport & Health Clubs in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC area, participated with local SWEAT-a-thons through live video link. Other clubs, including Wilson’s in the District in Columbia Missouri and Janine’s Gym in Quito Ecuador also held SWEAT-a-thons. Live video streaming of the event was available to everyone, and almost 1000 people logged on to view the site before, during and after the 3-hour event, hosted by nonprofit Project VisAbility with Sport&Health.

“This first SWEAT for a VET event exceeded our expectations”, said Debbie Miller, president of Project VisAbility and host for the event, “I see these disabled veterans and challenged athletes working out alongside everyone and leading the program, see how everyone responds to them, and it makes it all worthwhile. More than just providing equipment, we’re promoting inclusive fitness and helping to change attitudes.

On November 12, 2011, Project VisAbility and Sport & Health Clubs are planning for an even larger and more successful 2nd annual SWEAT for a VET event, with significantly more SWEAT-a-thon club locations participating and an even larger number of people watching around the world. The goal is to double what was raised in 2010 and donate funds to VA hospitals and other facilities serving disabled veterans in US locations where these local events are held. Register to participate, sponsor or make a donation at http://www.sweatforavet.kintera.org.

About SWEAT for a VET
SWEAT for a VET is a 3-hour “all cardio” (indoor cycling, rowing, Kranking and whatever!) inclusive fitness fundraising event benefiting wounded warriors within the US and individuals with physical challenges outside the US. The event is hosted by Project VisAbility with Sport & Health Clubs and is held annually on the Saturday of Veteran’s Day weekend. This year the event will take place on Saturday November 12, 2011. The main event site is located at Tysons Sport & Health in McLean, VA with SWEAT-a-thon locations linked through live video streaming across the nation and around the world. Register to participate, donate or sponsor for this year’s event at: http://www.sweatforavet.kintera.org. Donations can be made at any time at http://www.sweatforavet.org.

About Project VisAbility
Project VisAbility promotes and advocates inclusive fitness at the highest, most visible level, through fundraising events and programs that benefit disabled veterans, athletes and others with physical challenges. We help create job opportunities, provide equipment and resources, and expand awareness in the areas of health and fitness by hosting inclusive fundraising events that provide adaptive equipment for wounded warriors in the US and training camps for challenged athletes worldwide,partnering to provide resources for training and developmentfor individuals with physical challenges who want to become group exercise instructors, encouraging clubs to embrace inclusive fitness by offering classes and hiring capable physically challenged instructors to lead them, and promoting inclusive fitness through outreach and media coverage of our programs, events and opportunities. By enabling everyone to exercise together, we inspire joy and celebrate achievement.For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.ProjectVisAbility.org.

About Sport & Health Clubs
Since 1973, Sport & Health Clubs has grown to be Washington’s largest family of full-service health clubs and day spas with 25 locations in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Locally owned and operated, Sport & Health Clubs are built around integrating fun and fitness into the busy lifestyles that define our nation's capital and its ever-expanding communities. The Company serves the health and fitness needs of more than 127,000 Washingtonians, with over 2,000 employees, and is one of the top health club companies in the U.S. (based on annual revenues). The clubs feature state-of-the-art fitness equipment, individual and group personal training, group exercise classes for all levels including Pilates, yoga, step, high and low impact, Mixed Martial Arts and more. Many clubs feature tennis, racquetball, squash, basketball, swimming and a KidzKlub, which features a nursery, climbing mazes, dance classes, camps and a variety of junior programs for all ages. Several clubs feature Serenity Day Spa that provides therapeutic massage, body treatments, nail and skin care and hair styling and design. For more information, visit http://www.sportandhealth.com.

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