Move United claim to have offered more than 1,000 virtual programmes to individuals with physical disabilities in a bid to improve health and fitness.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, the American non-profit organisation said it was able to adapt by providing programmes and activities online.
According to Move United, research carried out by American Psychological Association showed the global health crisis had “increased psychological distress particularly among people with disabilities”.
“The pandemic not only impacted access to local sports, fitness, and wellness programmes in communities across the country, but the physical distancing guidelines also led to higher levels of social isolation,” a statement from Move United read.
Glenn Merry, executive director of Move United, insisted this was not the time for people to be “sidelined”.
“Particularly during trying times like these, we know how important it is to maintain physical and mental health,” Merry said.
“These reasons immediately drove our attention to host sports, fitness, and wellness activities across digital platforms with our #AdaptAtHome programme.”
Move United claim its live and on-demand sessions had received more than 250,000 engagements since April 1, with participants hailing from all 50 states.
“We know not everyone has access to an adaptive sports program in their community,” said Merry.
“By offering virtual programmes, we are changing what people experience as barriers to access.”
Move United said it created an #AdaptAtHome Fitness Kit, which includes a ball, exercise band, cordless jump rope and other resources so individuals can exercise wherever they are.
More than 1,500 fitness kits are expected to be distributed free of charge by next month.
According to Move United, 90 per cent of the participants said the online programmes helped to increase the overall level of fitness and 97 per cent felt the virtual adaptive sports improved their mood and mental health.
“We know the power of sports,” added Merry.
“Sports make us stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally.”