Revealing the Athlete in all of us.
Tone House was created to introduce sports conditioning workouts to people of all backgrounds and fitness levels. Our Team consists of former D1 athletes, working professionals, new mothers, college students, grandparents, and everything in between. At our core we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to Train Like An Athlete, and we are thrilled to expand our offerings to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics New York provides inclusive opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to compete in Olympic-style, coached sports. They offer a variety of recreational programs, competitions and events for over 68,000 athletes in 22 different sports in the New York area. The organization creates continued opportunities for athletes to develop their physical fitness, and has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer virtual options for their network of athletes.
We had the opportunity to lead a series of live Zoom classes for Special Olympics New York athletes over the summer, which packed our screens with hundreds of smiling faces ready to put in work with us. These live classes were so successful we’ve decided to expand our partnership with Special Olympics New York and offer year-round virtual programming for athletes with disabilities on our digital platform, Tone House TV.
The on demand platform now includes an Inclusive Training section with workouts designed for athletes of all ability levels, starring Special Olympics athletes Anthony Hassan and Talia Grossman working out alongside Tone House Coaches. The workouts are fun, challenging, and require little to no equipment – perfect for those joining in from home.
Special Olympics New York athletes receive complimentary access to the platform for six months, so that they can stay active and healthy during a time where access to in-person fitness options are limited.
“Tone House has been an incredible partner to Special Olympics New York, most recently going above and beyond to lead our athletes in live workouts while sports training and competition was suspended,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman.
“Seeing our athletes workout alongside some of the top trainers in the business is what the Special Olympics movement to inclusion is all about. We are proud and so grateful to be taking our partnership with Tone House to the next level on Tone House TV,” said Hengsterman.
In addition to the virtual programming on Tone House TV, we are excited to name Special Olympics New York our primary non-profit partner moving forward, and plan to support the organization through various initiatives throughout the year.
“We are thrilled and inspired to launch this philanthropic partnership with Special Olympics New York. At Tone House, we believe that every individual has the ability to be like the athletes they admire, and to train like them, regardless of shape, size, fitness level, physical and/or intellectual disabilities,” said Tone House COO Elvira Yambot.
“Our primary goal is to help others improve their mental and physical health and become better overall athletes and people, on and off the Turf, field, or court. This inclusive training philosophy aligns perfectly with Special Olympic New York’s overarching mission, and we are honored to be of service to them and to share this synergistic belief in the transformative power of athletics and sports,” said Yambot.
Special Olympics New York will be the beneficiary of our annual Turf Wars event, an annual, ticketed athletic competition with over 300 athletes and spectators. We look forward to participating in upcoming Special Olympics New York events and competitions once in-person events are able to take place again.
For a preview of the Special Olympics programs now available on Tone House TV, check out this video. We’re launching the partnership with a LIVE class on Zoom this Thursday, October 8th at 5:30pm open to all Special Olympics athletes.
To learn more about Special Olympics New York, click here. To check out Tone House TV and browse our collection of workouts, nutrition, and Special Olympics New York Inclusive Training, start your free trial here.