Thrive Partners with FITCLUB Foundation on Fitness Program for Individuals with Disabilities

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MARLBOROUGH – Thrive Support & Advocacy, a nonprofit empowering youth and adults with developmental disabilities, this week announced it has partnered with FITCLUB Foundation to develop a fitness and wellness education curriculum for individuals participating in Thrive’s social and recreational programs.

Launching in May, the six-week curriculum designed by FITCLUB Foundation – a nonprofit that offers free, professional fitness classes – will include a social-emotional healthy focus, fitness lessons, and themed nutritional education for Thrive’s youth participants. 

The socially-distant classes will be held outside at Ghiloni Park in Marlborough, and will be led by certified fitness trainers who are both former educators and have experience working with students with disabilities.

The program includes a daily fitness challenge with prizes and a goal-setting journal.  Classes are free to participants thanks to funding support from Marlborough’s PUR Water, a Helen of Troy limited brand. 

“We are very excited to add this new FITCLUB Foundation curriculum to our extensive social and recreation programing thanks to the generous support of PUR Water and Helen of Troy,” said Sean M. Rose, President & CEO of Thrive Support & Advocacy.  “Not only do our fitness and wellness classes help participants get their bodies in shape, but they teach important lessons about self-care, cooperative play, and the joy of sport.”

“Our team of trainers is always seeking new ways to give back and support individuals in the community,” said Jocelyn Coughlin, Founder & Director of FITCLUB Foundation.  “We are looking forward to helping Thrive participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities have fun while getting fit and staying healthy.”

Worcester’s FITCLUB Foundation provides fitness, nutritional, and health opportunities to the youth of Central Massachusetts by linking industry professionals with schools in efforts to target students that may not have the access, opportunity, or ability to participate in traditional athletic programs.  Most of their programs are offered free of charge to Worcester Public School students.

The FITCLUB Foundation program will join several other Thrive health and wellness opportunities including martial arts classes and virtual yoga sessions adapted for individual abilities.  Thrive also offers several experiential programs for youth and adults like social activities, social groups, and special events that help participants engage with each other, have fun, and hone important social skills.

To register for Thrive FITCLUB, visit

For more about Thrive’s social and recreational program for youth and young adults, contact Caitlin Devaney-Fortwengler at


Thrive Support & Advocacy has been empowering youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead active and self-directed lives since 1973.  The Marlborough-based nonprofit supports over 1,000 individuals and families living in 47 eastern and central Massachusetts communities through recreational and social initiatives for youth and adults, community residences, and individual and family supports. 

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