Karate Kickers working toward their Best Of All!

Karate Kickers working toward their Best Of All!

This past weekend, three of our teens from our GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford’s Karate Kickers class went to the 5th Annual Midwest Youth Programs Karate Invitational.  Nate, Dylan and Adam competed on September 7th and have made us so proud!

The benefits of karate for people with Down syndrome are endless. Karate focuses on development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, physical fitness and confidence. The Karate Kickers Program at GiGi’s Playhouse focuses on:
· Increasing self-esteem
· Developing cognitive processing skills
· Learning to follow basic visual and verbal instructions
· Improving gross motor skills, coordination and balance

Congratulations to our budding karate masters- you are the perfect example of how always working to give your “Best of All” can carry you to new levels of success and achievement!

#BestOfAll

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Our Staff keeps growing…..

Our Staff keeps growing…..

We had quite a week at the Playhouse and Hugs+Mugs.  The third class of GiGi U graduated Thursday evening. Hugs+Mugs mentors, Tim, Nicole, Kiera, Patrick, Brian and Christine, were on hand to show their support for the graduating class. Our Mentors remember how nervous they were when they were standing on the same stage justContinue Reading

GiGi Prep | Achievement of a whole new kind!

GiGi Prep | Achievement of a whole new kind!

GiGi Prep is a 6-week program for adults, which guides adults with Ds toward healthy lifestyle choices and goal setting. As the students strive to reach their highest potential, they prepare for future participation in GiGi University. Ramsan came to GiGi Prep last fall and ever since he walked through those doors he has hadContinue Reading

Paying it Forward -

Paying it Forward -

GiGi University student Aubrey and Hugs + Mugs intern Brian accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Joined by GiGi’s team members Sarah Rickaby and Jayne Drew, the foursome were caught on video paying it forward. The participants not only challenged some of their friends, but also two of GiGi’s other 16 playhouse Locations. Will GiGi’s PlayhouseContinue Reading

Believing they CAN!!

Believing they CAN!!

I’d like to introduce you to a few of our interns at Hugs + Mugs, Matt, Chris, Patrick and Nicole. Nicole is a mentor and from the 1st class of GiGi U and the boys are all interns from the 2nd class,  they graduated in May.  They were so very busy this week getting everythingContinue Reading

Make the shot. Make a difference.

Make the shot. Make a difference.

This past Wednesday (8/13/14) we held our 1st Annual Golf Outing to benefit GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc. With 18 sponsors, 25 volunteers and over 100 golfers in attendance, it was a day to remember! We began the day with registration and a putting contest with our very own Special Olympic Silver Medalist, Matt! Matt successfully out-puttedContinue Reading

Nine Playhouses offer LMNOP this summer!

Nine Playhouses offer LMNOP this summer!

First piloted at our Quad Cities Playhouse in the summer of 2012, Language, Music ‘N Our Peeps (LMNOP) has quickly become one of the most requested GiGi’s Playhouse programs! Led by a volunteer speech-language therapist and designed to facilitate language skill development through use of music and movement- LMNOP helps some of our youngest rockstars find theirContinue Reading

Be Inspired by Danny Bottcher…..

Be Inspired by Danny Bottcher…..

We are surrounded by amazing families that have inspired us. We’ve had 2 families show their support for GiGi’s Playhouse and Hugs + Mugs by hosting Lemonade Stands and 1 family created friendship bracelets they sold to raise money for GiGi’s. When I asked why they decided to host a lemonade stand, they explained thatContinue Reading

GiGi U students prepare for graduation

GiGi U students prepare for graduation

This summer, our GiGi University students have been nothing short of fabulous!  Each day, they give all that they’ve got, with the ultimate goal of developing their confidence, health and “whole self”.      For the past several weeks, GiGi U has focused on challenging this group of remarkable adults to give their “Best ofContinue Reading