Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 25, 2012—After professional baseball pitcher Matt Bruback injured his knee, coaches were constantly pulling on his uniform trying to get him to feel his balance point to make him more consistent in the strike zone. He realized he couldn’t relate to what they were trying to get him to feel, so while with the Baltimore Orioles he created a weighted belt to help himself become more aware of his body positioning. With the help of his mother and sister in creating the prototype, Mr. Bruback created the Balance Pro Sportbelt™ to improve balance for athletes with sensory deficits.
Two years later, Mr. Bruback took the Balance Pro Sportbelt™ to Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., a Sarasota, Florida, agency that serves persons with disabilities, where it was redesigned by occupational and physical therapists to help children with sensory needs and dubbed the Miracle Belt™.
On Monday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the North Dining Room on GCU’s Lakewood campus, Mr. Bruback will share the experiences that led him to develop the Miracle Belt™.
The former pro athlete had invested nine years in the major leagues when he made the difficult decision to leave the game to follow a higher calling—helping kids with autism, ADHD, and other sensory disorders.
“Dreams are destined to change as we grow. . . baseball was my first love and will always be my first love,” says Mr. Bruback. “Baseball allowed me the opportunity to develop a tool that shares God’s love, and if that isn’t a dream come true, I don’t know what is!”
The Miracle Belt™, along with the Sensory Belt™ for larger-sized children, teens, and adults are used by occupational and physical therapists for those with sensory needs. The weighted therapy belts promote self-calming, balance, and increased body awareness.
Admission is free, but seating is very limited. Advanced tickets are required by contacting the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.
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