How One Florida CrossFit Affiliate Rallied After the School Shooting
On February 14, a former student opened fire killing 17 adults and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. More than a dozen were treated for injuries. After more than an hour, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was taken into custody and students were sent home to be with their families for the remainder of the week.
Got it. What happened next?
When Gabriele Schlicht, owner of CrossFit Deerfield Beach, which is just down 11 miles down the street, heard about the shooting she knew she had to do something to help. So the gym organized and hosted a 12-hour WOD-A-THON from 6am until 6pm on Friday, February 16th. They ditched their regularly scheduled classes and hosted a memorial workout to not only honor the victims of the school shooting, but to raise funds for the victims and families of this tragedy.
The memorial WOD is as follows:
30 min AMRAP 200m Run 14 Pull-Ups 18 Push-Ups 17 Air Squats
Athletes had the opportunity to raise an additional $30 per person by completing 10 rounds RX within the allotted 30 minutes, thanks to sponsorship donations pledged by Matt Hornaday, Amy Colombo, and Lululemon ambassadors. Talk about a meaningful reason to push yourself to the limits.
How much was raised?
The WOD-A-THON raised more than $1,500 with donations still rolling in at the end of the day. The memorial WOD will become an annual tradition for the affiliate, they donated the money to the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund— which has already raised over $2.1 million of their $2.5 million goal in only 8 days (and still taking donations).
Today’s Stoneman Douglas Memorial WOD was an amazing event. Over a period of 13 hours, we had over 100 CFDFB members, first responders, family and visitors pouring their hearts (and sweat!) and leaving it all out on the gym floor in honor of those who lost their lives this week. The video below is from just one of 13 classes we hosted today. We also collected a significant donation total which will be contributed to the Stoneman Douglas Fund’s page on gofundme. Thank you to each and every one of you who came to share a special memorial with our community. Special shoutout and props to those athletes who completed 10 rounds RX in the 30 minutes to raise an additional $30 per person from sponsorship donations pledged by Matt Hornaday, Amy Colombo, and one of the Lululemon ambassadors. This will become an annual CFDFB tradition, and we are so thankful for all of your support. 2.14.2018…we will never forget.
Posted by CrossFit Deerfield Beach on Friday, February 16, 2018
Action helps communities grieve. We want to give a shout out to the CrossFit community in Parkland for rising to the occasion and kicking some ass in the face of tragedy.