Special Warriors

Special Warriors is a YMCA outreach program that gives individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability access to classes and activities that encourage self-sufficiency, socialization and staying active — all qualities that help them build critical relationships with their typically functioning peers.

Program Administrator, Nina Weston - Fitness & Wellness Director 

  • Level 3 Certified Special Olympic Coach
  • Certified Special Olympic Powerlifting Coach
  • Certified Special Olympic Fitness Coach 
  • Certified Behavioral Specialist 
  • Level 1 Swim Whisperers Certification 
  • Prasedium Guardian Certification 
  • Special Olympics Area 9 Director 
  • Special Olympics TN State Powerlifitng Head Coach
  • Special Olympics Team USA Powerlifting Assistant Coach
  • 20 years experience in mental health field

Special Warriors offers a safe, structured and nurturing environment while giving our athletes an avenue of self-expression. Our goal is to help our athletes reach their fullest potential by building on each participant’s developmental assets, focusing on personal strengths and discovering new confidence.

Our Y also uses Special Warriors as a vehicle for employment opportunities to help athletes become productive members of society while learning socialization skills, budget skills and general work ethic  

All Special Warrior activities are FREE to ALL participants. Any individual who is indentified with special needs will qualify for a FREE MEMBERSHIP to our YMCA. 

Special Warrior Activities (click to learn more):

For additonal information contact our Fitness & Wellness Director at nina@spartaymca.org.