August in Review
As Summer scheduling winds down and kids return to school, we look forward to new offerings in the Fall and continued growth for the business. The school year provides a lot more time to work “on” the business instead of an overwhelming number of coaching hours. Our staff continues to grow so we can offer more opportunities for you to work towards your health and fitness goals.
August 3rd – Kayla Ballas Commits to University of Rochester for Field Hockey
Prior to the start of their senior season, Kayla committed to play field hockey next year at the University of Rochester. With a successful season that ended with a loss in the state championship last year, Kayla will co-captain a team with similar expectations this year.
August 13th – 14th – College Athletes Head to Training Camp
While many kids are enjoying the last couple weeks of Summer, a handful of our collegiate athletes playing a Fall sport, left early to mid August for camp. We’re looking forward to making it out to games this Fall.
Jake Fire – University of Rhode Island Football
Jane Bonazzolli – Merrimack Field Hockey
Sam Bolinsky – Assumption Football
Egan Bachtell – Assumption Football
Chloe Spedden – Endicott Field Hockey
Matty Johnson – Endicott Football
Josh Stams – University of Rochester Football
John Foney – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Football
August 15th – Pease Brothers Visit and interview
Brent and Kyle Pease are the second wheelchair duo ever to finish the Kona Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. The 140.6 mile race is considered one of the hardest endurance events due many factors, specifically the extreme temperatures. Kyle and Brent recently wrote a book called Beyond the Finish. In the week leading up to Falmouth, which they ran together, they had a couple of book signings and graciously fit us into their busy schedule. We recorded an interview with the brothers and they stayed for one of our adaptive classes. We will be sharing this content in the Fall as part of a bigger project that has been in the works for the last couple of years.
August 18th – Falmouth Road Race
We had six gym members run the Falmouth Road Race this year for various charities; surviving the heat to put together great runs. Falmouth is one of the most well-known races in this area and the crowds that line the streets make for an unforgettable experience.
August 20th-25th – Carolyn’s Appalachian Trail Prep
Carolyn completed a 5 day solo hike through 45 miles of Appalachian Trail from Cornwall, CT to Barrington, MA. Earlier in the year, she announced that she will be hiking the entirety of the trail starting in March, 2020. You can read more about her story and preparation at https://unifiedhp.com/blog/2019/3/14/member-spotlight-carolyn-ryan
August 26th – Jake Agoglia and Madison Capitol
Jake Agoglia is a junior at Nashoba Regional High School. He will spend the majority of the year Wisconsin playing for the Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League.
August 29th – Meeting with Bobby Perednia
On Thursday, we went out to Raynham to meet with Bobby Perednia, a physical therapist at Joint Efforts Physical Therapy in Taunton. Bobby is a biomechanic specialist with a superior understanding of how movement at various joints effects functioning of others. Jacob and I will be running the Eversource Marathon in 6 weeks. Bobby attributed some knee tightness to a foot injury that I had over the Winter; which has greatly reduced the range of motion in my mid-foot and effecting how my foot transfers force up the kinetic chain.