Terror Inc. Training Center to help disabled children

T-L Photo/KIM NORTH TRAVIS CLARK, left, and Karen Fisher form Team Terror inside Terror Inc. Training Center in Morristown. They will work with individuals, especially children with developmental disabilities, discipline issues or autism. Fitness, nutrition and other ways to live a healthy life will be taught, as will skills in boxing and weight training.

MORRISTOWN — Travis “The Terror” Clark, a professional fighter and West Virginia heavyweight boxing champion, has always wanted to own a gym. Combine that with his love for children, especially those who aren’t as fortunate as others, and that dream has been realized with the opening of Terror Inc. Training Center.

Karen Fisher, a longtime friend of Clark’s late mother, Peggy, partnered with Clark to form Team Terror.

“We’ll be working with mentally handicapped children, children with developmental disabilities, last-chance kids and kids with autism,” Clark said regarding the types of services that will be offered. “We’ll do anything we can to work with kids that deserve a little extra time.”

Fisher owns Team Consulting/Creating Hope, which is in its 15th year of operation. It is an adult day support program for people with developmental disabilities.

“We just signed a contract with the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities,” Fisher noted. “They have stepped up and designed a program for the individuals that they serve.

“Travis has worked with them for years. The people really love him, and he’s a great role model,” Fisher added. “The board is really excited to get the ball rolling.

“This is a dream that Travis has had forever,” Fisher acknowledged. “His life has been touched, and he’s touched so many lives in this area.”

Fisher said the group is also looking to other agencies and entities for support and involvement.

“We all have disabilities of some kind, and we all have special needs,” she continued. “You can never be too old, and it’s never too early to start.”

The 2,400-square-foot structure has a variety of weight and training machines, as well as several heavy (punching) bags, stationary bicycles, a boxing ring and other training necessities.

“It means so much to me to be able to work with kids and work with people that appreciate it,” Clark said. “The people in the Ohio Valley have always been there for me. Although many of those people have a lot of things going on in their lives and around their homes, they still buy tickets to see me fight. Anything I can do to give back is what I try to do.

“Boxing can teach you so much on so many different levels,” Clark added. “It helps you with your cardio. It helps you with your balance. It helps you with self-confidence.”

Wellness dimensions addressed will include social wellness, physical wellness, nutritional wellness, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness and future wellness. A 16-week Boot Camp will be held to start things off.

“We’ve got quite a few people interested. Right now we’re trying to not flood ourselves with too many at once,” Clark noted. “Once we get through the first of the year, we should be going pretty steady.”

Terror Inc. Training Center is located at 66665 Belmont-Morristown Road between Union Local High School and Schlepp’s Restaurant. For more information, visit teamterrorfitness.com.