Still reeling from his own disparaging days on the playground decades ago, Sickel believes that a child who is socially or physically lacking stands out at recess/school, and there is a need for adaptive physical education programs in schools to help children feel more included in group fitness activities. This is why Sickel and his staff work with schools in the Washington, D.C., area to create recess and Field Day initiatives that help children with special needs better participate in recess and become more physically fit.
Sickel founded Fitness for Health in Rockville, MD, in 1989 to fulfill his dream of helping special needs children maximize their physical potential, and since then, his innovative and creative approach to fitness has helped kids – and adults – of all ages and abilities enjoy the benefits of physical activity—and have fun at the same time.
Prior to starting Fitness for Health, he was the Athletic Trainer at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD, and the Fitness Director at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Marc graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer with more than 25 years of experience.
Sickel has been featured on the *The Today Show* as well as in “The Washington Post” and “Tennis Magazine.” He has also been highlighted in “O Magazine” for reaching out to the makers of a machine used to sharpen the reaction times of Formula One racecar drivers and adapting the device as an interactive game for children and adults with autism and attention disorders.
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