Invictus Boston Invitational Bringing Athletes Together for Campaign Zero Fundraiser
As peaceful protests appeared in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the owners, coaches and athletes of Invictus Boston wanted to do more to bring awareness to the Black Live Matters movement as well as the social and racial injustices that African Americans and other people of color suffer. Invictus coach Bern Prince took the lead and wanted to bring the community together and at the same time raise awareness and money for Campaign Zero by hosting the Invictus Boston Invitational.
The details: The Invictus Boston Invitational will be held on July 25 at Rack House Fitness in Woburn, Massachusetts. The athlete roster includes some of the most influential African American CrossFitters in the community.
- The male athletes who have been confirmed to compete include Tola Morakinyo, Arnold Sevilla, Sam Carmola, Anthony Franciosi, Rashad Evans, Fabrice Devaris, Nick Barthelery and Neko Milton.
- The female athletes include Pua Higginson, Aurora Vellante, Star Simon and Sammi Howard.
- More athletes will be added in the next few days as travel restrictions are relaxed for flights into Boston.
- All events will be held outdoors at the Rack House Fitness facility to allow spectators, supporters and sponsors to attend the event.
- InkJett Productions will provide a live-stream for the event.
- Volunteer positions and event sponsorships are still available. Contact Bern Price for more information.
- Three of the workouts for the competition have been released on the Invictus Boston Instagram page.
- More information on the event will be released on the Invictus Boston Instagram page.
Campaign Zero: The event is being held to raise donations for the Campaign Zero non-profit organization.
- Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance for organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
- “We fully support the Black Lives Matter movement that is strong in our country and all over the world right now,” Invictus Boston announced in an official statement. “While we know that posting about it on social media to pledge our support is important, we also know that we wanted to do more than that moving forward to make a bigger impact. We floated the idea to our staff about starting with a potential event of some sort in which we could raise money for an organization, bring awareness to the movement in a bigger light, and show that we love, appreciate and accept every single person in our doors and into our community.”