Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 39. After experiencing a rapid progression of symptoms, a friend and former Golden Glove boxer offered to give him boxing lessons as a way to keep him moving and combat his symptoms. He soon started improving, and Rock Steady Boxing was born.

World champion boxer Kristy Rose Follmar taught and designed the classes. As the first gym in the country dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s, Rock Steady serves thousands of patients monthly, working on exercises adapted from boxing drills to improve quality of life–both physically and cognitively. There are now over 550 affiliates in the United States and across the globe.