Former Steeler Kolb offers program for vets
By Greg Gulas
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Jon Kolb found a way to put his degree in exercise science and master’s in kinesiology to good use by forming Adventures in Training with a Purpose (ATP) to help veterans in need.
Robert Milich, a retired Youngstown Municipal Veterans Court Judge, and court magistrate Anthony Sertick are assisting Kolb with his program.
“I’ve known Jon for the past two months, meeting him at the Vienna Air Base when he served as guest speaker for our Veterans Military Appreciation Dinner,” Milich said Tuesday at AMVETS Post 44. “I was impressed with his program.
“He’s not military, but he helps train veterans and exposes them to things they ordinarily couldn’t or wouldn’t do. This program fills a gap in veterans’ services.”
ATP’s mission is to confront health- and movement-related issues for veterans without cost to them. The goal is to help veterans experience a healthy and functional life.
The program is dedicated to improving a veteran’s quality of life through training and to overcome personal limitations with everyday tasks.
“I come from a small town in Oklahoma and as a member of the football team, was able to earn a scholarship to Oklahoma State University,” Kolb said. “Many of my teammates earned scholarships to Vietnam, many were injured and some never returned home.
“When I was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rocky Bleier, who is a veteran, was my roommate and like football, veterans have a culture.
“I want to be able to help those veterans in need of assistance.”
Milich said, “You have to move, no matter what injury you have. If you do not, that’s not good.
“Jon is very innovative and his program has been well-received because not all veterans are eligible for VA benefits. It depends on your discharge.
“Jon works with all veterans, no matter what.”Kolb, who resides in Mars, Pa., is a kinesiology instructor at Youngstown State University and Penn State University, and a health science instructor at Butler Community CoIlege.
“Jon uses students from YSU as assistants and they learn,” Milich said. “It’s a hands-on approach with ATP.”
Adding Sertick to the program has been natural, according to Milich.
“Tony will be a liaison to those who are handicapped,” Milich said. “He serves as motivation, inspiration and communication simply by what he has overcome and has been able to accomplish in his life with a handicap.”
There are three sites: Bless Body Fit at 4038 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown; MAC Fitness in Wexford, Pa., and First Assembly of God Church in Hermitage, Pa.
For more information, call 724-967-1628, or e-mail email@example.com.