Friday, April 18, 2014

Coming Friday Forum speaker says building muscle, gaining strength turned his life around

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 12/30/2013

Having been in and out of gyms for more than a decade, Nick Scott said he’s decided to open his own.

Scott, a Pomona native, suffered life-changing injuries in a 1998 car wreck, according to Herald archives. After that, Scott said, he got kind of down on himself and felt alone.

Having been in and out of gyms for more than a decade, Nick Scott said he’s decided to open his own.

Scott, a Pomona native, suffered life-changing injuries in a 1998 car wreck, according to Herald archives. After that, Scott said, he got kind of down on himself and felt alone.

“I’ve been in a wheelchair for 15 years,” Scott, Ottawa, said. “I struggled a long time after my accident so this is a way I’m giving back so others don’t feel alone, and [know] there’s a place to turn to.”

Since March 2006, Scott has competed and posed in nearly 100 body building shows around the world, according to his website, nickfitness.com.

Scott is set to be the featured speaker 10 a.m. Friday at the First Friday Forum at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa, where he plans to talk about raising funds for a gym he hopes to open in Kansas City as a non-profit organization, he said.

“It’ going to be a 55,000- to 60,000-square-foot facility, like a Gold’s Gym with high-end equipment, but it’s going to be more handicap accessible,” he said. “All the proceeds will go toward helping disabled athletes.”

Having been working on the project for a few years, Scott said, the most difficult thing is finding people to donate money to get the gym started.

“The goal is to get the community involved with fundraisers and direct mailing,” he said. “My goal is once the gym is funded it maintains enough funds to hold its own and support disabled athletes, that way we don’t have to keep asking for funds once the facility is built. Once it’s up, the gym can hold its own and I can focus on a second and third gym.”

The gym will have membership fees, but all the profits will go toward supporting disabled athletes, he said. Other amenities in the gym will help keep the gym up and running.

“I’m going to have [memberships] and services I’ll provide that’s going to bring the income to the gym,” Scott said. “A juice bar area, tanning within the facility as  well as an additional facility with different levels of memberships.”

Having turned his life around completely, Scott said, he hopes that’s what a new gym will do for others in similar situations.

“This isn’t about me; it’s about leaving a legacy to help others,” he said. “I’m new at the whole fundraising process, so I’m picking people’s minds and going with the flow. The most exciting thing is just to be able to get the first [gym] and making it happen for others.”

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