Helping the Fight Against Parkinson’s in Grand Island

June 4, 2021

Parkinson’s Nebraska is excited to announce a grant award to the Grand Island community for the Rock Steady Boxing program! The grant helps cover the cost of the annual program affiliate fee. We are proud to support the Grand Island community and help make PD exercise more accessible.  

The Rock Steady Boxing class is offered at the Grand Island YMCA in partnership with the Balance Mobility Aquatic Center. Together, they have been helping the community fight back against Parkinson’s since 2018. The class is offered through a partnership between the Balance Mobility Aquatic Center and Grand Island Family YMCA. It serves men and women of all ages and abilities in the Grand Island community. 

The program gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum. It improves strength, balance, and flexibility through exercises such as speed bag work, stretching, and push-ups. Participants have been able to return to their favorite activities, spend more time with family, and improve their Parkinson’s symptoms.   

Before starting classes, participants are evaluated by a physical therapist at the Balance Mobility Aquatic Center. The evaluation includes an assessment of current health conditions, special requirements, and needs to make to be sure the class is safe and effective. They determine the correct glove size and provide the participant with gloves, wraps, and other equipment for the class.  

If you are interested in participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program at the Grand Island YMCA, contact the Balance Mobility Aquatic Center to schedule your initial evaluation. Start fighting back against Parkinson’s today! 

Rock Steady Boxing 
Grand Island YMCA 
221 E. South Front St. 
Grand Island, NE 68801 
Monday- 10:30 am 
Wednesday- 11:00 am 
Friday- 10:30 am 
Schedule your initial evaluation at the Balance Mobility Aquatic Center: 308-398-2170 
Ashlyn Cramer