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  • Lakeshore Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes independence for persons with physically disabling conditions and opportunities to pursue active healthy lifestyles. The Foundation offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to members - children and adults who experience some 32 different diagnostic conditions including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, amputation, head injury, birth conditions or trauma from accidents or acts of violence. The Foundation also serves persons who have been diagnosed with arthritis, cancer, diabetes, chronic back pain, cardiac conditions, high blood pressure and many other related disorders. The Lakeshore Foundation's state of the art fitness, recreation, and education center features an aquatics center with two pools, a fieldhouse with three hardwood courts and a 200-meter track, a ten-lane marksmanship range, 6,000 square foot fitness center and The Fred Sington Community Room. These facilities serve the fitness, recreation, and athletic needs of youth and adults with physically disabling conditions from across the Southeast. Our The facility also serves as an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site that can accommodate a variety of sports. The Lakeshore Foundation Training Site not only provides training facilities to Olympic & Paralympic sports, but also provides sports performance, sports psychology, and sport science services. Interested in getting more involved in a variety of recreation activities, trying something out for the first time? Lakeshore Foundation provides a variety of recreation opportunities including cycling, kayaking, climbing wall, table tennis, sled hockey, basketball, Nintendo Wii, hunting and much more. Current Program schedules are in development. For more information contact Peggy Turner at or at Adapted Recreation Lakeshore Foundation's Lima Foxtrot Programs for Injured Military and the United States Olympic Committee's U.S. Paralympic Military Program are joining forces to present the U.S. Paralympic Military Sports Camp for servicemen and women who have sustained physical injuries. Military personnel who have sustained physical injuries will be introduced to competitive sports opportunities offered at the Paralympic level through clinics and light competition led by Paralympic athletes and coaches. The program is not just about sports; it's also about attitude, camaraderie, and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. Activities will include archery, basketball, shooting, swimming, track & field and more. Lakeshore's indoor shooting range will be open to members during the month of February on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. for an Intro to Air Rifle program. Participants must be able to function independently or bring an adult attendant to assist and follow basic safety rules. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure space is available. Members who may want to try air rifle but are unsure are encouraged to stop by the range viewing area and watch. The adult wheelchair football program will be available for Lakeshore members with a physical disability who would like to be on a recreational team. The team will practice on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. in preparation for games against community groups. Games will be played on Monday nights and are expected to begin mid to late February. No previous experience is necessary, and you do not have to be a wheelchair user to participate. Handcycling is offered at Lakeshore Fieldhouse as well as selected off-site areas. Adapted Sport The Lakeshore Foundation Athletic Program provides that essential network of services and support for athletes who have a wide range of physical disabilities. Our campus in Birmingham, Alabama is home to one of the nation`s leading centers for the advancement of athletics for people with physical disabilities-the only center of its kind in the Southeast. Our reputation extends beyond the United States, making it a popular training site for international athletes with disabilities. The Lakeshore Foundations coaches, many of whom have stellar athletic careers of their own, have come to Birmingham from around the country. They are drawn here by the Foundation`s barrier-free athletic complex, experienced staff, and by our long-standing commitment to expand opportunities for those who have experienced a physical disability. Adapted Fitness/Aquatics Lakeshore Foundation's Aquatics Program offers fully accessible fitness and aquatic programs for people with physical disabilities. The Aquatics Center offers two swimming pools; a 4-lane 25-meter pool maintained at 92 degrees to accommodate for classes that focus on pain management and range of motion. This pool also includes an innovative children's play area to further enhance our children’s aquatics programs. A second 25-yard 8-lane pool maintained at a slightly cooler temperature is designed to meet more cardiovascular needs in water aerobics classes as well as lap swimming and competitive athletics. These two pools will allow Lakeshore Foundation to serve many new persons in the community including those with Multiple Sclerosis for whom the cooler pool temperature is well suited. Personal trainers offer one-on-one assistance; provide individual attention and encouragement during the entire workout; and re-evaluate members fitness goals on an ongoing basis to maximize results. Among the many health benefits, personal trainers strive to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance, coordination and reduce stress and anxiety. Personal training is offered for both land-based and aquatic exercise programs.


Lakeshore Foundation offers more than 60 ongoing activities and classes each week for children and adults that cover four major program areas: aquatics, fitness, competitive athletics and general recreation.