Adaptive Training Foundation Empowers Disabled Athletes
The Adaptive Training Foundation for abled and disabled athletes alike was created by an army veteran and a professional football player in Carrollton, Texas.
“When we look at these people and we see what they are doing to overcome, it’s impossible not to catch that bug. It’s contagious,” said David Vobora, former NFL Linebacker.
Vobora and staff sergeant Travis Mills met at a mutual friends birthday party. Travis is a quadruple amputee; he lost parts of all four limbs after encountering an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Although his body is broken, his spirit is inspiring.
“There is kind of a magnetic attraction to this guy. Being amazed at how he was moving on his prosthetics, I challenged him to work out,” said Vobora.
Each adoptive athlete has his own story. Many are ex-military like Ryan Zimmer, a marine who was injured jumping out of a helicopter now training to be a trainer.
“It’s given me my life back, and it allowed me to find my true calling, which is fitness,” said Ryan Zimmer.
Adaptive Training Foundation is open to anyone with a disability.
“I don’t care if you got arms and legs, I don’t care if you are black, white, veteran, civilian,” said Vobora.
Tina Hurley has a rare condition that forced her to go through 13 surgeries and 3 amputations on her legs. She tried Adaptive Training Foundation, and she loves it.
“My soul is so filled. I’m the only one like me where I come from, and you get all this pity and this sympathy, because you are this unfortunate case, and here you look around and everyone has as bad if not worse a story than you do. It’s a miracle really. It’s divine intervention, and I don’t think that I can leave,” she said.
Adaptive athletes can work out at the foundation for free. For more information visit adaptivetrainingfoundation.org.