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SHSS Student becomes World’s First Certified CrossFit Trainer with Cerebral Palsy

Stephanie Hammerman

Stephanie Hammerman, a master’s student in the College Student Affair’s program (CSA) in NSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), has become the first certified CrossFit trainer in the world with cerebral palsy. CrossFit combines strength and conditioning training to benefit the entire body. Her accomplishment has received world-wide attention, including from CNN. To read more about Hammerman and to hear the report by Sanjay Gupta, MD, please go to:

Hammerman received her B.A. from Lynn University in advertising and public relations.  While at Lynn University, she introduced the first annual Disability Awareness Month to the campus community. One of ten children, Hammerman, an adaptive athlete, is determined to be fit and healthy. She has traveled across the country with various coaches to demonstrate what she has been able to do and to inspire others.

For more information about the M.S. in College Student Affairs, please contact Judith McKay, J.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at 954-262-3060 or via email at For information about the Graduate Assistantships available for CSA students, please contact Gay Holliday, Ed.D., at 954-262-7281 or via email at