Last week, we and several other news outlets reported on Blue Ridge CrossFit owner Tom Tomlo’s inappropriate Instagram post objectifying female athletes and his subsequent behavior that went viral.
Besides Blue Ridge CrossFit itself, nowhere were the negative implications of those actions felt harder than in the South Asheville CrossFit community.
So what’s happening now?
With all the negativity going on around town, Daniel Muto, owner and head coach of CrossFit Pisgah decided it was time to do something positive in the community. “I felt like we, as a greater CrossFit community, not just each individual box, had been given an opportunity to prove that the actions of one individual do not speak for our entire community,” he said. “In the end we want all people, and especially the women within our community, to feel comfortable and empowered by fitness.”
So he reached out to other local affiliates with an idea and SuMMit CrossFit, Beer City CrossFit, CrossFit Asheville and South Slope CrossFit all said “amen to that.”
On February 10, each affiliate will host separate WODs to raise money for “Our Voice,” a local non-profit crisis intervention and prevention center serving victims of sexual assault. Afterwards, they’re all getting together at Hillman Beer to throw a few back and $1 is being donated for every beer poured. How’s that for incentive?