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Newark, NJ 07102
5 –year-old Anthony is a bundle of energy. He jumps into the pool with a small flotation bubble and away he goes! He kicks his legs, paddles with his arms and pushes off the wall. His swim teacher reminds him to keep his head up. Anthony lifts his head and smiles.
This story is remarkable because Anthony’s disability often prevents him from joining in with other kids. His mom has a hard time getting him to listen or follow instructions. To make things harder, the left side of his body doesn’t always work as well as his right.
But in the Pike class at the Newark Y Aquatics program, Anthony flourished. Program Director, Luis Terrones describes the joy of watching a child with special needs stand (and swim) on his own: “There’s nothing like it in the world!”