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This program provides the Veterans and Active Duty Military with new ability and purpose, all free of charge thanks to grants and generous donors.

Break the Barriers is proud to provide Veterans and Active Duty Military of all abilities with a state-of-the-art facility, certified staff, elite level equipment, and an inclusive environment for general fitness and competition—all free of charge thanks to grants and generous donors. Veterans are empowered to find new ability and purpose, with opportunities to compete in various events such as the Golden Age Games, Valor Games, Paralympics, and Wheelchair Games, as well as regional, national, and international competitions. Break the Barriers is also a member of the Paralympic Sport Club and is listed in the National Veterans Adaptive Sports Directory. With the professional help and dedication of 82 certified coaches and over 500 caring volunteers annually, programs are provided 6 days a week. If you have questions about the Veterans program, please contact us!

Outreach Details

Break the Barriers is proud to offer a variety of adaptive programs at NO COST for American Veterans and active duty servicemen and women. This is made possible through grants, foundations, and donations.

If you are a Veteran and interested in taking free classes at Break the Barriers, please print and complete this registration packet. For the Release form, please go to your Primary Care Physician at VA and request a Recreation Therapy Consult from either Andrea Hernandez or Antonio Cuyler. At consultation, ask to participate at Break the Barriers. *If not going through VA, have your personal Primary Care Physician sign the Release form.

  • Absolutely NO tummies showing
  • No low-cut shirts (front or back)
  • No spaghetti straps
  • No high cut bottoms or short shorts
  • All shorts should have at least a 6 inch inseam

Outreach Schedule

Program Class Age Days & Times
Veterans Air Rifle 18 – 100 Tuesday: 10:30am-12:00pm
Veterans Archery 18 – 100 Monday: 2:00-3:00pm
Monday: 3:00-4:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00-3:00pm
Tuesday: 3:00-4:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00-3:00pm
Wednesday: 3:00-4:00pm
Thursday: 2:00-3:00pm
Thursday: 3:00-4:00pm
Veterans Martial Arts 18 – 100 Tuesday: 7:00-8:00pm
Thursday: 7:00-8:00pm
Veterans Badminton 18 – 100 Monday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Veterans Biblical Studies 18 – 100 Wednesday: 12:00-1:30pm
Veterans HOPE 18 – 100 By appointment only
Veterans Life Coach Class 18 – 100 Tuesday: 3:00-4:00pm
Veterans Model Plane Workshop 18 – 100 Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Veterans Personal Trainer 18 – 100 By appointment only
Veterans Show Up Fitness Class 18 – 100 Monday: 9:00-10:00am
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am
Wednesday: 9:00-10:00am
Thursday: 9:00-10:00am
Friday: 9:00-10:00am
Veterans Table Tennis 18 – 100 Monday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm

They are truly about including people of all abilities. [Break the Barriers] is a facility that has the equipment and the staff to help with physical therapy and support, and the programs that give us purpose in our daily lives again.

-Army Veteran

Staff Training

We strive to prepare our staff to effectively work with and teach children of all abilities to be in a class with other students. All staff are required to attend workshops where they:

  • Trained in an ability awareness class with co-founder, Deby Hergenrader
  • Familiarized with ASD
  • Learn how to use PECs, a structured schedule, social stories, and the Timed Timer
  • Co-teach spectrum classes with a trained staff member

Thank you to our sponsors

VA Health Systems

VA Adaptive Sports

Fischer Foundation

Cal Vet Home

Cabrillo Club

The Pat and Frances
Ricchiuti Charitable Trust