“Our goal is to always make a positive impact in our community,” says Anytime Fitness franchise owner Andrew Breton regarding the announcement Aug. 29, of the new partnership with the Ryan Martin Foundation (RMF). Breton, owner of six Anytime Fitness locations in the Connecticut area has agreed to host boot camp fundraisers on Sept. 26, at all of his locations. As Martin is a native of Suffield, CT, a graduate from Somers High School, and with his Foundation based in Simsbury, this partnership according to Breton “is a natural fit for us to further our own mission of improving lives through fitness.”
Ryan Martin established RMF in 2011 as a vehicle to create opportunities for those with disabilities to experience the transformative effects of education and sports as a means to succeed in life. A professional wheelchair basketball player and youth mentor, Martin was born with Spina Bifida and had both of his legs amputated at the age of two. Discovering basketball at 12 years old transformed Ryan’s world from “wheelchair bound” to bound for college, then professional basketball, and eventually traveling overseas. RMF was Martin’s passion project enabling him to give back and inspire others.
“RMF is much more than basketball” explains Martin. “We offer programs to prepare athletes with disabilities to succeed in life on and off the court.” The foundation offers youth mentoring and basketball camps, and is developing basketball camps in partnership with U.S. Army for soldiers living with new disabilities. Ryan also dedicates much of his time to motivational speaking appearances.
According to Martin, “how to adequately address the fitness needs of those in wheelchairs can be a challenge, and obesity in the wheelchair population is a real issue.” According to the International Journal of Exercise Science wheelchair users with a normal BMI tend to have a percentage body fat that would be indicative of obesity in individuals without impairment, due to forced inactivity. Martin wants to encourage ways to reverse this trend.
Dedicated to his club members and guests achieving results, Breton sees RMF as “another population in our community that needs our help.” Community partners such as Anytime Fitness can support the RMF to help youth and adult athletes with disabilities live independent, impassioned, productive and full lives through sports training, mentoring and education. Anytime Fitness will be holding their boot camp fundraisers on September 26 at the following locations:
West Hartford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Cromwell, Ellington, and Somers at different times throughout the day to enable Martin to visit each site personally to show his support. Specific times to be announced. For more information contact the Ryan Martin Foundation, or Anytime Fitness Somers location.