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ALEXIS HAYES

Founder of T.H.R.I.V.E OR

"Think Health & Reach Inclusion Via Exercise. I founded T.H.R.I.V.E off of my will for change and my years of experience in this field. I did so to help push not only my community In Newberg, but also our surrounding communities closer to reaching complete inclusion. Having no resources available to the percentage of our population experiencing intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, got really old, really fast- I think you would agree with me on that. I have first-handedly seen the struggles and stress this lack of resources has brought into different families. The amount of both adults and children who experience those disabilities, already tend to go about their everyday life, feeling like they are not as entitled to physical and mental health attention as their peers, it breaks my heart. My vision for T.H.R.I.V.E is to eliminate that perception. Mental and Physical Health & Wellness is equally important to all of us- let’s treat it that way! One class at a time, our mission is to reach inclusion, together. To emphasize just how important this resource is in comparison to other extracurricular activities. To go hand-in-hand on a fitness journey. I want this class not only to build off of our physical strength potential, but our mental potential as well. This is a place where volunteers and athletes come to feel included, to be a part of something big. I have a real passion for helping others, and I am so glad I am not in it alone. Keep reading to learn more about the people who I care about, that also care about reaching inclusion."

CHEYANN LANG

Head Volunteer

"My dedication for pursuing my time and energy into being apart of T.H.R.I.V.E has come from a special place in my heart. Physical and mental health are so important in any individuals life; what better way to present it, than providing inclusion of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well? As a volunteer, I watch athletes prove their strength when they feel as though they don't have any, make friends when some fear they're too different to do so, and show every emotion without the fear of judgement. As head volunteer, I witness the generosity, vulnerability, and happiness that every single one of our volunteers show when they encourage our athletes to do things that are outside of their comfort zone, with pride. My little brother is a regular active athlete and participant through T.H.R.I.V.E; because of some of his basic needs and disability, getting that weekly dose of physical activity has never been easy. Now he gets it thanks to T.H.R.I.V.E, he has support, he is always included, he proves his strength, and makes not only me, but himself proud of what he can accomplish!"

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