The Santa Fe family Life Center in Oklahoma City is a nonprofit fitness facility where membership revenue is used to help people with disabilities and children in need.
“Most gyms are designed for able bodied or individuals without any disabilities, and what we have here that is unique at this facility is we have individuals of all abilities playing at the same time,” said Josef McGuigan, president of The Santa Fe Family Life Center.
The facility hosts local and national events for people with disabilities.
“We also do the Special Olympics basketball tournament for the state, we’ve been doing that now, I think for four or five years,” said McGuigan.
Teams come from all over the country for wheelchair basketball tournaments.
The gym is committed to creating an environment of understanding. They host basketball games for people in a wheelchair alongside those that may have never been in a wheelchair. McGuigan has even participated in those games.
“Not only did I have calluses and blisters all over my hands, but I actually flipped the chair when we had the event here. Thankfully no one was injured, but it was definitely humbling,” said McGuigan.
The facility is excited about the new facility they were awarded the contact for, opening in 2023 in Norman. It is a partnership with the City of Norman, Norman Regional Hospital, and the Trey Young Foundation.
“In short what that facility will do is triple the impact of the programs we already have here in Oklahoma City. Right now, we have a seventy thousand square foot facility that I’m in with the space outside, we’ll have about one hundred twenty-two thousand additional,” said McGuigan.
The facility is also excited about their annual JFK Community Service Award reception and dinner on Tuesday, September 14. It starts at 6 p.m., at the Omni hotel. For tickets or more information, click here.