"Rock Steady Boxing, the first boxing program of its kind in the country, was founded in 2006 by former Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, who is living with Parkinson’s.
Newman began intense, one-on-one, boxing training just a few years after he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s at the age of 40. Newman witnessed the dramatic improvement in his physical health, agility and daily functioning through the intense and high energy workouts. Newman’s quality of life improved dramatically in a short time due to his fighting back against Parkinson’s disease.
As word of this unique program spread and the demand for the classes increased, Rock Steady created training programs to meet the fitness levels at all stages of Parkinson’s – from the newly diagnosed to those who had been living with it for decades plus.
Rock Steady Boxing is often asked about the design of our logo – the Statue of Liberty embellished with a boxing glove. According to Newman, the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty and the hope symbolized by her presence at Ellis Island, illustrated his dream that Rock Steady Boxing would be a beacon of light and hope for those suffering with Parkinson’s disease.
Our mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to 'fight back.'" ( www.rocksteadyboxing.org)
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About Us, Rock Steady Boxing Jacksonville
JAX HOPE INC opened it's doors on January 9, 2017 to 9 brave and hopeful people wanting to fight back against Parkinson's Disease. Kristen Gray, a person with Young Onset PD, moved to the Jacksonville area, discovered this evidence-based program wasn't within reach, and in just 9 months made this program a reality for the Jacksonville PD community as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We are thrilled our family of determined fighters continues to grow each week and welcome anyone interested in punching out Parkinson's to join us in the ring!
ON A MISSION!
Learn more about Kristen Gray's mission to fight back against this disease and her grass roots effort to bring Rock Steady Boxing to Jacksonville's Parkinson's
CNN HLN's Michaela Pereira: September 2016
This Mom is Working to Bring a Program to Fight Parkinson's With Boxing to her Area.
Ponte Vedra Recorder: October 12, 2017
Ponte Vedra Resident with Parkinson's Disease Founds Boxing Non-Profit to Fight Back
Ponte Vedra Focus: August 2016
JOINING TOGETHER TO HELP THOSE WITH PARKINSON’S
Giles Wiley and his Jacksonville Muay Thai family
for Believing in our Fight and getting our program off the ground!