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Breaking Barriers Featured in Philly Seaport Museum Exhibit!

Dwayne Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Barriers, has been recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “local luminaires”, by the Philadelphia Seaport Museum, in an exhibit that bears the name of his organization.

According to the museum, the exhibit, called “Philadelphia Rowing: Breaking Barriers”, uncovers stories of the first women’s club, leading-edge adaptive rowing, and the empowerment of individuals who have risen from modest beginnings to personal fulfillment and gold-medal achievements.

It’s no coincidence the museum decided to honor Dwayne.  Facing challenges and overcoming obstacles has defined Dwayne and is the hallmark of Breaking Barriers.  His personal story is one of triumph over tragedy.  Triumph over tragedy is the Breaking Barriers tag line.  It is what Breaking Barriers instills in everyone who comes through the doors.

For more information on Breaking Barriers and our programs, browse our website.

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Special Needs Fitness (Kids)

Note: Physical fitness is NOT a substitute for physical therapy.  Please consult a physician before starting your child on any fitness program.

Customized Fitness Program for Kids with Special Needs

 

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children with disabilities, who grow up to be adults, are faced with the following health issues:

 

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Adults with disabilities are 3 times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities.

 

 

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Nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no aerobic physical activity, an important health behavior to help avoid these chronic diseases.

 

 

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Adults with disabilities were 82% more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommended it.

 

 

Despite the challenges, having your child start a physical fitness routine, regardless of the disability, is the best way to improve chances for a healthier adult life.

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Finding an effective physical activity for your child with special needs can be challenging. Finding a fitness program to help your child develop physical abilities can be almost impossible! Breaking Barrier’s innovative fitness program, for children with special needs, is designed to give individual attention to your child’s fitness needs.

 

BB2Our core rowing fitness routine is recognized as one of the physical activities recommended to doctors, who treat persons with disabilities. We not only understand the physical challenges and mental challenges, we understand the emotional barriers that may impact your child’s desire to participate. Our CEO, Dwayne Adams, is passionate about serving the disabled community, being a person with a disability himself. It’s this compassion that permeates through the entire facility. Each trainer is sensitive to the needs of the disabled and, as a team, work to make the participant feel comfortable and confident.

 

 

 

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Contact Breaking Barriers today, to discuss fitness options for your child with special needs!

 

Why Donate?

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We Need Your Support

 

1425943778At Breaking Barriers, we do our utmost to provide quality, high-value programs to underserved youth while maintaining fiscal responsibility. However, even our best efforts fall short of the demands placed on us.  The sport of rowing is costly, but highly beneficial to those who participate.  Rowing produces superior body conditioning and also opens doors to numerous colleges that offer scholarships for rowing.  This is especially true for women who row.

Unfortunately, a majority of our outreach program participants are at, or below the family poverty line, and are not able to pay to participate. This is where you can help us.

Donating to Breaking Barriers means that one more young person can have an alternative to drugs and violence. Instead of hanging (or dying) in the streets, they have a chance to truly accomplish something for themselves. Your tax-deductible monetary contribution helps us keep our doors open and helps us to serve the community.

If you are unable to donate money, you can still help us in other ways, including donating another asset you have, a professional service, or even your time. We welcome any investment you make into a young person’s future.

When donating, please keep the following in mind:

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Finally, we offer our sincerest gratitude for your consideration. Thank you!

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Our Team

Breaking Barriers boasts a staff of highly competent and friendly professionals.

 

 

Dwayne Adams

Dwayne Adams

Executive Director

Dwayne Adams is a Philadelphia native and a man of many accomplishments over the years. Dwayne is licensed as a massage therapist, personal trainer, Level II Rowing Coach and a motivational/public speaker. more...

Cortez Brokenbrough

Cortez Brokenbrough

Executive Administrator

Cortez Brokenbrough is a military veteran of the US Air Force. Cortez brings over 30 years of administrative experience to the benefit of the organization.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Personalized Training

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At Breaking Barriers we take a personalized approach to all your exercise, fitness and health needs. Before any training starts, we provide you with an individual evaluation of your fitness profile. We combine your individual statistics with a customized program to develop the most beneficial workout for you. Included in your program is exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices so you can improve in all aspects of your physical and mental well-being.

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Programs

Fitness Programs

 

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From kids, to adults, to professional athletes, our programs offer results! No matter what your current fitness level, our programs get you in shape by building muscle, stamina, and well-being. Rowing is a big part of our training along with our weights, battle ropes, large truck tire and our new juice bar for your nutritional needs.

 

Our trainers are available to assist you to get your body to the next level, become healthier & stronger, leaner, quicker and cut, we are here for you!  Below is a listing and descriptions of our current classes.  Click on a picture to get a description of that particular class.

 

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Rowing

This year round program teaches conditioning, nutrition, fitness training, along with the skill of rowing in our indoor rowing facility. The sport of rowing is a total body workout!

(Youth can benefit from this program by getting better health, improved study habits, and a greater chance of college scholarships.)

 

BB Fit

Increase your strength, improve physical conditioning and challenge your body! BB Fit, is one of the most effective forms of cardiovascular exercise and strength training that provides an effective fun way to burn calories. High intensity movements, lifting, pulling, pushing, jumping and weight training is all part of BB Fit. Plyo boxes, battle ropes, also lift and train using our large truck tires. Breaking Barriers offers the latest cross training. techniques. You’re guaranteed an enjoyable yet vigorous workout!

Competitive Athletic training

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This training was created for male & female athletes preparing for the next level of training for their sport, strength training, core workouts, with a intense cardio training season we can get you prepare for whatever your sport of choice.

Sports-collageAdult Athlete Training : (18+)

High intense with weight training, core workouts and cardio to get your body in peak performance or we can bring you along at your pace but still get a positive result. This is your training tailor made for you.

 

Outreach

Community Outreach is not just a “Buzz-word” we use.

The Story of the Birth of Breaking Barriers…

 

 

Mission

To promote personal transformation, in youth and improve communities by offering programs focused on wellness, self-discipline, and teamwork, using rowing as a fitness discipline.

Introduction

Breaking Barriers is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization, that cares about our youth and their future, by helping to prevent violence and obesity with in our youth through the sport of rowing.

Breaking Barrier’s founder, Dwayne Adams, understand how this program can change lives because it helped him.  Dwayne is a survivor of a bullet meant for someone else.  While sitting on his porch, Dwayne was struck in the left eye, by a round fired indiscriminately.  The impact of the the stray bullet caused severe damage and left Dwayne legally blind, with the partial use of only one eye.  That tragic event could have well left him with no hope for the future.  Except for one unexpected introduction, Dwayne’s life could have stalled in that fateful moment.  The unconventional opportunity for this land-locked, inner-city youth, was an introduction to rowing.  It would forever change his outlook on live and become the inspiration for his life mission.

With the help of a rowing program, Dwayne went on to win a bronze medal at the 2002 World Rowing Championship in Seville, Spain for the US National Team.  The confidence gained by rowing, combined with his passion to guide youth in a positive way, has earned him numerous accolades and awards including the 2010 NAACP Outstanding Citizen Award, Prince Hall 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award, and A “Resolution” was passed by PA House of State Representatives in the name of Breaking Barriers.

Dwayne, and his team believe that our youth, who are in mortal and intellectual danger, can be taken to a higher level of life accomplishment, which encompasses “Better Schools, Scholarships to Colleges, and a  Healthier Attitude for Life & Others”.  Breaking Barriers seeks to create a transformation in civic consciousness, discipline, and physical fitness, for everyone who participates in the program.

 

Partnerships

We appreciate the support of our partners listed below!

To find out how your company can become a sponsor, contact us today!

 

 

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Dwayne Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Barriers, has been recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “local luminaires”, by the Philadelphia Seaport Museum, in an exhibit that bears the name of his organization.

According to the museum, the exhibit, called “Philadelphia Rowing: Breaking Barriers”, uncovers stories of the first women’s club, leading-edge adaptive rowing, and the empowerment of individuals who have risen from modest beginnings to personal fulfillment and gold-medal achievements.

It’s no coincidence the museum decided to honor Dwayne.  Facing challenges and overcoming obstacles has defined Dwayne and is the hallmark of Breaking Barriers.  His personal story is one of triumph over tragedy.  Triumph over tragedy is the Breaking Barriers tag line.  It is what Breaking Barriers instills in everyone who comes through the doors.

For more information on Breaking Barriers and our programs, browse our website.

Read more

Philadephia Rowing: \"Breaking Barriers\" on YouTube YouTube play

 

Breaking Barriers – Purpose Redefined

 

Once you decide to dedicate yourself to better health, you need a partner who can help you achieve that goal.  That’s where Breaking Barriers excels. Our championship programs are designed to take you from where you are and break through to where you never imagined you could be.  Enjoy a healthier lifestyle, a better looking body and feel great!

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Our Partners

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