COURAGE LEAGUE: New Facility For All Abilities

The metro’s newest gym opens tonight with a grand opening celebration. But, this facility isn’t like your typical work out place. It’s designed for kids who can’t go full speed for whatever reason.

Melissa Clarke-Wharff is the founder of Courage League Sports. It’s an adaptive sports and recreation facility in Urbandale. She says, “My son Jack suffered multiple strokes when he was 8 years old. And, as he rehabbed from those strokes, we just felt after meeting so many families there needed to be something year round for kids and young adults in our community.”

The gym will hold leagues for sports like soccer, basketball and volleyball. It will also offer archery, martial arts and obstacle courses. Families will be able to drop in for open gyms. There’s also a fitness room designed for kids and young adults of all abilities. Clarke-Wharff says, “When we first started looking at this, there’s over 28,000 children in the greater Des Moines area, about a 30 mile radius that have some type of something that prevents them from going full speed.”

You can check out the facility at an open house Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s located at 4405 121st Street in Urbandale. Families can sign up for monthly memberships, eight week sessions or a punch card.

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