Chasity McMillan

Chasity has coached gymnastics for 20 years. During that time, she has worked with all ages, through gymnastics instruction and training and managing employees. Over the years, she has seen how participation in the sport has increased confidence and function for typically developing children and children with special needs, both in and out of the gym.

Chasity was encouraged daily to bring out the highest potential in her students, pushing them to be the best version of themselves, in the gym, at school and at home. Her philosophy, which she shared with her students often, was that they are only a gymnast for a short time, but will be a member of society for as long as they live. Regardless of what they accomplish in gymnastics, she wanted to make sure they accomplished much more outside of the gym based on the lessons they learned through the sport. 

Chasity began serving a kiddo with Down Syndrome, and this experience would up being the catalyst to launch her pursuit of Occupational Therapy, with the end goal of developing a gymnastics program that would serve the population of kiddos with special needs. She watched this particular child’s confidence, strength, motor control, endurance, social participation and creativity increase exponentially with each session.

During her Occupational Therapy education, she developed a pilot program called Gymnastics for All which encompassed staff education and the development of a gymnastics class specifically adapted for the needs of the participating children.

After witnessing the success and interest of Gymnastics for All, Chasity set out to develop a gymnastics program that would address the therapeutic needs of children with different abilities, and at the same time, educate the community and other gymnastics coaches and clubs on ways to better serve children with special needs in their gymnastics program. After years of this program taking shape in her heart, she is now overwhelmed with excitement to begin Flip for Function and continue to learn new ways to better serve the community.

 
Maddie Mello