The Parkinson’s Foundation estimates that nearly one million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease, and an additional 60,0000 people are diagnosed each year. Exercises like boxing have shown to be a huge help for those living with Parkinson’s and over the years several TITLE Boxing Clubs across the country have started offering Rock Steady Boxing classes. It was recently announced that TITLE’s Chief Revenue Officer, Felicia Alexander has been appointed to Rock Steady Boxing’s 2022 Board of Directors for a two-year term.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects your brain and can cause your body to stop working properly. The symptoms usually develop slowly over the years and can include tremors, slowed movement, impaired balance and speech changes. Research has shown that exercise is important for people living with Parkinson’s, and can help reduce mental and physical symptoms.
What Is Rock Steady Boxing?
Rock Steady Boxing is a nonprofit organization that’s mission is to give people living with Parkinson’s disease hope by creating a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum aimed to help improve their quality of life. The organization was founded in 2006 by Scott C. Newman, a former Indiana prosecutor who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and his friend Vince Perez. The unique program was created using Vince’s experience as a Golden Gloves boxer to create a boxing program to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s and was then developed into classes for all stages– from newly diagnosed to those who have progressed with the disease. Clubs and organizations like TITLE Boxing Club then become Rock Steady Boxing affiliates and use the class curriculum to teach classes.
TITLE Boxing Club’s Success with Rock Steady Boxing
Several TITLE Boxing Clubs across the country have become Rock Steady Boxing affiliates and have seen great success for their members. Dave Similo, diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017, is a Rock Steady Boxing participant at TITLE’s University Park Club. Dave boxes 4 times a week – 3 Rock Steady classes and an MMA class, in addition to riding a stationary bike. He only takes one Parkinson’s medication currently, and his Parkinson’s has not advanced in several years. Dave attributes the boxing classes with helping his voice control, balance, taking larger steps and more benefits that help him live a more “normal” life. Dave says, “At TITLE Boxing Club, no two classes are ever alike. They push me further than I thought I could ever go.”
Felicia on her New Role with Rock Steady Boxing
“I am honored to be chosen to join Rock Steady Boxing’s Board of Directors starting in 2022. I am a true believer that boxing can really change your life and that is why I thought this was such an amazing opportunity. In this position, I will be helping advise the organization’s mission, strategy and goals. My two-year term will also focus on enhancing the training program and organizational sustainability.
We’ve seen great success with the current Rock Steady classes at some of our TITLE locations, and it’s amazing how empowering they are for members. Boxing is more than a workout – it provides hope to all participants. I look forward to giving my time and expertise to Rock Steady Boxing to reach even more people, and I hope to bring even more encouragement and hope to people who live with Parkinson’s through TITLE boxing Club in the future.”
Both TITLE Boxing Club and Rock Steady Boxing are firm believers in the benefit of boxing for the body, mind and spirit for all participants. This core alignment between the two and Felicia’s presence on the board will further establish TITLE Boxing Club’s role in serving their communities far and wide. You can read more about Rock Steady Boxing’s Board of Directors and Advisory Committee here.