June ACTION Leader of the Month: Emily 

All about Emily!

What do you love most about FITBuddies?

I love FitBuddies because the coaches are very supportive and kind to me. They give me a lot of encouragement and very clear instructions.

What's your favorite music?
My favorite music is rap and 80s music (Ricky Astley) and pop radio station KOIT.
These are a few of my favorite things…

Ride bicycles and reading and cooking!

What FITBuddies exercise move do you love most? 

Push ups and planks and jumping jacks.​

How do you feel to be a FITBuddies ACTION leader?

I am very happy and excited to encourage the FitBuddies kids to exercise more. I can be a role model for others!

How does spending time at FITBuddies make you feel?

I feel happy and excited when talking to FitBuddies on Zoom!

More from Emily's parents and coaches!

As a parent, what goals have you observed being achieved through FITBuddies?


Three  key goals:

  1. To know more friends and to improve Emily’s social skills

  2. To be physically active

  3. To appreciate that there are organizations like Buddies in Action that care about and help people with special needs

What skills learned at FITBuddies does Emily use in her daily life?


Social skills: Emily is more confident when interacting with other people incuding strangers. She is better at greeting and encouraging others.


Sense of responsibility: Emily knows the time for the exercise sessions, the mindfulness session, and the social chat on the first Friday of each month. She sets up the computer before each session without being reminded. She has learned to be more of an owner than a follower.


Communication: She learned to summarize her activities and tell others about them clearly.

What has Emily demonstrated and achieved to be distinguished as this month's ACTION leader?

Coach Jen:

Emily has been an energetic leader since her first day with FITBuddies. She has been a part of her virtual classes and from the beginning, you could feel her energy through the screen. She always brings a smile, always tries her best and is incredibly supportive of her peers. Emily is always willing to give things a try, even when they are hard and we have all enjoyed watching the “hard stuff” become easier and easier for her. 

Coach Chris:

Emily is a great example of what it looks like to be a leader. When doing group workouts, Emily is determined to do the most amount of work possible, is not afraid to ask questions, and always participates when we do group activities. Emily demonstrates great patience during workouts and social meetings, which is another great quality of a leader. She listens respectfully to her coaches and peers when they are speaking. It has been a pleasure getting to know Emily over the last couple of years. 

Coach Carly:

Our three class rules are: be respectful, raise your hand, and have fun - and Miss Emily is the queen at modeling all three, especially the last! Emily epitomizes how you can work hard and have fun while doing so. Whether we're learning wellness principles or moving and sweating, Emily participates enthusiastically and with her token massive smile spread across her face. Her energy is infectious and encourages her peers to get in on the fun. Emily is incredibly polite to her coaches and her friends and we always know we're going to have a good time when she signs into the meeting! 

As her coach, describe Emily's growth that you've observed.
Coach Chris:

Where I have seen the most growth in Emily has been in her active involvement participating in group socials and exercises. Emily takes initiative to participate in group activities, and will ask for a demonstration if she doesn’t quite understand how to do a movement. When I first met Emily on Zoom, she was always happy to participate but would usually need a cue to engage. Now Emily is eager to participate, and is usually one of the first Buddies to raise her hand when we engage in group activities. Emily is great to chat with and I love hearing about the progress she makes in school and other activities.  

Coach Carly: 

Emily has gained so much confidence in finding her voice in our Zoom rooms. From the start, Emily participated with a big smile on her face, but now we enjoy hearing Emily's thoughts, feelings, and perspectives more and more. Not only does she speak on her own behalf, but Emily has become quite the social butterfly and she is quick to ask a friend about themselves and offer encouraging words during workouts. It has been such a joy to watch Emily find comfort in the Buddies' zooms and watch her progress as an athlete and emotionally. We sure are going to miss her as she pursues new exciting opportunities this summer and hope to keep rocking out with her again soon!

Coach Jen:

We have all loved watching Emily grow the last couple years. Starting a new program and new transitions can be hard, but starting a new programming virtual is an even bigger challenge. While Emily was definitely nervous in the beginning and completing the full workout was “so hard!” she never gave up and kept showing up week after week. We have all loved working with Emily and have enjoyed watching her progress in her workouts; we always look forward to her thoughtful contributions in class discussions and appreciate the encouragement she shares with all her peers. We will miss having Emily with us this summer and hope to see her smiling face again in the fall. We are so proud of you Emily!!!