This past week for me has been a reminder that CrossFit is about more than Elite Fitness. At its core, it helps regular people live better lives and through those people it also helps those who can’t help themselves. Through numerous charity events held year round by CrossFit Affiliates all over the world, fitness has become the New Ambassador for Hope.
On June 9th, CrossFit for Hope, the “Official” Charity event of CrossFit was held at Affiliates worldwide. In total, the event helped to raise in excess of a million dollars with proceeds benefiting the St. Judes Children Research Hospital
What is even more remarkable is that this is the first time this event was held. To raise that kind of money, especially the first year, takes drive and passion, something not strange to CrossFit athletes.
So what type of person gives up a weekend to endure a brutal workout all to help those in need?
The typical person you find at a CrossFit Affiliate might just surprise you. They are regular people, the people you interact with every day. They might be the person who delivers your mail or the teacher at the local high school. One thing they all have in common is a personal story about how CrossFit has transformed their lives.
It’s because of that transformation that you will find a passion in CrossFit athletes not found elsewhere. That passion shines forth in many different ways, but one area that shines brighter than others is their desire to help those in need.
Below are some of the photos from the event.
*A special thanks to Gary who volunteered to take photos while I participated in the event.
At the end of the day the Local CrossFit for Hope event raised over $2000, an impressive figure considering the size of the town and newness of the event.
Once again thanks to all who participated, to those that gave, and thanks to both Indian Hills CrossFit and CrossFit Tehachapi for hosting this great event. I’m proud to have been invited, and love the fact that my extended family is growing.
A quick side story.
Earlier this week two readers contacted me and shared how their lives had been changed by some info found on this site.
One told me that by adopting a Paleo lifestyle and cutting out grains, she is no longer in pain, and her doctor was able to take her off medication. Another man with a very serious illness thanked me because he is now fit enough to be able to take a vacation out of state, something that would have not been possible six months ago.
What I am truly happy about is that their lives were changed for the better. They are not elite athletes (not yet anyway) but regular people who were not able to live life to the fullest until now. What’s great is that whenever someone’s life is changed for the better, they want to make life better for those around them. People helping people, the cycle continues.
From great Affiliate owners, to the newest convert, and even the lone garage gym owner, people everywhere are making a difference. Love it or hate it, CrossFit has made its mark on the world and its here to stay.
For the lives it changes in an out of the gym, CrossFit deserves a salute.
Nothing feels better than the feeling of helping someone, and this past week I felt like my extended family and I helped thousands.
Way to go fire breathers!
See you in the hills.
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