Who We Are
The My Gym Challenged America Foundation (MGCA) is the registered 501(c)(3) charitable division of My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, a worldwide organization dedicated to helping children 6 weeks through 10 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. With hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries, My Gym offers structured, age-appropriate weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, gymnastics, sports and more active and rewarding lives.
The goal of the My Gym Challenged America Foundation is to provide equipment and services that enhance the quality of life and improve the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children who are physically or developmentally challenged and those coping with chronic illness. Through our gifting program, we help these children acquire the confidence, self-esteem, and sense of well-being they need to lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives.
The average cost of raising a child with special needs…
3x The National Average!
So Many Challenges
Hundreds of American families are seeking assistance
We accept requests on behalf of children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities
Our committee meets monthly to review applications
We Need to Do More!
As our fundraising efforts achieve greater success, the number of recipients increases
Making a Positive Difference
Randy Bertisch, Founder and President of the My Gym Challenged America Foundation, created MGCA after surviving a near fatal accident and subsequent coma. As a result of his injuries, he faces countless physical and emotional challenges daily, and knows firsthand the incredible impact assistive equipment and rehabilitative therapies can have on the life of a person with disabilities.
Moved and inspired by the stories of children persevering despite their own personal challenges, Randy wanted to find a way to help them work toward a more fulfilled life – one full of joy, learning, and active involvement with friends and family.
Hence, My Gym Challenged America was created.
Our future lies in the hands of the children. They are the most precious part of our lives and our greatest resource on this planet.My Gym
Through MGCA, My Gym Franchisees across the country participate in our “100% Campaign,” where every gym is committed to raising funds to help us accomplish our mission to improve the lives of children who are physically or developmentally challenged.
MY GYM CHALLENGED AMERICA NONPROFIT STATUS
We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with funds raised through grants, corporate sponsorship, local My Gym fundraisers, private donations and special events.