Project HUG’s Visit at the AXIS Center

By Andrew Sia

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Project HUG members visited the Brooklyn facility of The AXIS Project for an outing with children from the NYU Langone Rusk Rehabilitation Center.

On that morning, due to the weather, only a few children were able to attend. Yet despite the small group, the children were enthusiastic, and they and their families really enjoyed the exercises taught by AXIS Project staff.

Group picture showing kids and people working in the center

The manager of the facility, Lawrence Harding, welcomed me and, as we walked through the facility, explained what they were trying to accomplish at this center.

The AXIS Project Mission – “Our mission is to motivate people with physical disabilities to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle. We want to inspire people to pursue active, meaningful lifestyles by developing and achieving fitness goals, engaging in social activities, and by being engaged members of the community. Our adaptive programming and accessible equipment empowers our members to see beyond their limitations.”

Andrew Sia and Lawrence Harding

The AXIS Project Brooklyn facility is newer, larger and better equipped than the Harlem facility we visited last year. They have a wider variety of exercise equipment available, which allows the staff and children to better perform exercises. This exercise equipment is actually no different to those we can find in any regular gym.

In the main room, we found a large open space where all exercise classes are conducted. There were posters demonstrating the activities at the center to make it easier for the staff, children and family members to follow.

In the back, we found more rooms, including a musical therapy room where exercises are synchronized to music.

We passed through the courtyard and entered another building where there was more training equipment such as free weights and machines.

Cable crossover machines, dumbbell rack and weights

More exercise machines

We were very impressed with the facility, and its cleanliness, and everywhere we went, we met people and families with happy faces.

Our hope is to become more involved in providing support for The AXIS Project.

You can visit AXIS Centers at the following addresses:
Brooklyn - 4224 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Harlem - 1325 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10026

You are also welcome to visit their web site at

Project Help Us Give, Inc is a non-profit organization with the goal to unite individuals in a charitable organization, and to partner with pediatric healthcare and service providers to deliver the best care and to contribute to children's independence and optimize their quality of life.

Our members maintain a personal connection with “THE KIDS” throughout the year by holding special events, visiting NYU Langone, as well as volunteering to help and achieve the goals that we have set.

You can also contact us through