Up North: Going Virtual has Helped Courage Kenny Stay Connected and Active

Updated: June 17, 2020 10:58 PM

Organizations like Courage Kenny, known for their rehabilitation and community services, didn't want to go radio silent when the virus hit, they wanted to adapt. They say it was important for them to stay connected and stay active.

"We were like ready, set how are you going to reinvent yourself? How are you going to stay relevant> How are you going to connect with people," asked Eric Larson the Sports and Recreation Supervisor for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in the Northland.

Creativity has been something that has stemmed from the coronavirus for Larson. Instead of completely canceling their classes and events which include things like archery, cycling, and even learning about sailing, they sent out a survey to those involved in their services and found that going virtual was the right fit.

"They want to connect with others and they also want some aspect of fitness," explained Larson about the responses. "They want to find a way to stay active and stay fit in a safe way."

It's been the perfect sense of community for Superior's Joni Moore. In 2013, she was diagnosed with a neurological condition which impacts her balance and coordination. It was disheartening to hear the news as such an active person, but her physical therapist introduced her to Courage Kenny in 2016 and Moore quickly found out she could still do the things she loves.

"I realized that my lifestyle might not look like what it used to, but I could still be active. It just required me to think outside the box and adapt," she said.

"I probably would not have been able to go to some of these thing because they were in the Cities or just because transportation is so difficult for me, even if it's here in Duluth. Being able to enjoy these virtually, it's just spectacular," she said.

All virtual classes are free and open to anyone. Learn more about their classes here.

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