DSACT's Track Pack

All Ages

The DSACT Track Pack (formally Run/Walk Club) was initiated in February of 2013 and is run by a group of UT Students, the Texas Lassos.

“Texas Lassos is classified as a service organization at the University of Texas at Austin. As an organization, we strive to promote spirit, service, and social activities to all members while fostering friendship, leadership, and cooperation with the University and community. Founded in 1998 with only seven members, today Texas Lassos is home to over one hundred active members and an accomplished group of alumni. As a whole we are a group of diverse young women intent on contributing to the University and the Austin Community. We support the UT and Austin community through our service projects, UT athletics with our proud Longhorn spirit, and most of all we support each other with our ever-growing bonds of friendship and sisterhood.”

Rise and shine Saturday mornings with the DSACT Track Pack!  Join the UT Texas Lassos for a 1-hour training session focusing on aerobic exercise and healthy choices.  Each practice will begin with group stretches followed by a warm-up lap around the track.  Participants will walk, jog and even skip as they collect a "jogging stick" for every lap they complete.  At the end of each practice, participants will tally their jogging sticks and record their training miles.  The DSACT Track Pack is a family-friendly program and strollers are welcome!  This program is for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, their families, and friends who want to attend.

Participants meet weekly at the St. Edward’s University track.  Participants should bring their running shoes and water.

Please contact txlassosphilanthropy@gmail.com with any questions.

Fitness Bootcamp

Ages 13+ Years

Want to get your teen or adult with Down syndrome off the couch and moving?  Throw on some comfortable clothes and bring them to Boot Camp!  Boot Camp is an hour of fun where we move, encourage, laugh and sweat together while listening to music.  We concentrate on four areas: aerobic, core strength, weight training with small hand weights and social interaction.  No matter what your fitness level is you and your child will be successful in this class!

The class includes a warm up period, fun easy-to-learn fitness drills and exercises, and a cool down period.  Many past participants have gone on to incorporate these movements into their daily routines resulting in lower cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased stamina and a new interest in fitness. Parents and or care givers are encouraged to participate but not required. Join us for a fast-paced, interactive FUN Boot Camp!

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Your Instructor:  Jill Tibbels is the mother of a teen with Down syndrome.  She has attended the Boot Camp program since its inception and has learned how to break down the fitness movements so that everyone can understand and benefit from the exercises.  She is a longtime advocate of fitness and enjoys teaching others the joy of moving their bodies and encouraging their souls.  The entire curriculum for this class will be designed by Celeste Hamman, a personal and group fitness trainer for over 25 years.

Fitness Boot Camp was an excellent opportunity for a parent and child to work together at the same physical activity, while also having lots of friends around to make it fun. Jill is an enthusiastic teacher who brings out the best in the kids (and sometimes, in the parents too). The volunteers have really helped motivate the kids as well. We look forward to returning to boot camp next session
— DSACT Member Drew, daughter Christina
Anne has enjoyed going to Boot Camp on Saturdays and loved participating in the “healthy foods” conversations as well. We were told that she would never be able to run or jump by her physical therapist ever since she was a little girl, but we never gave up; we have seen her make progress through the years to where she walks very fast and can jump just a little, e.g. at Jumpoline. In recent weeks, however, she has started to jump on her own, on solid ground and obviously enjoying the sensations of “lift off”. She is also very proud of herself for truly running for the first time in recent weeks. We are all so happy that she has such a good program to go to consistently and such a great source of encouragement and enthusiasm in her teacher, Jill. We are convinced that all her friends at Boot Camp contributed to this “great leap forward”!! Thank you DSACT
— DSACT Member Susan, daughter Anne