CrossFit Cask Strength Steps Up for Substance Abuse

October 12, 2020 by
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In late July, tragedy struck the CrossFit Cask Strength community in Bardstown, KY. Coach Danielle Barnett lost her 24-year-old sister Abby when she was tragically murdered.

  • “It was so horrible. It was all over Facebook. It was really rough on the family,” said CrossFit Cask Strength owner Craig Davis.

For years, Abby had been battling a heroin addiction. After going through rehab, she “had been doing well and was about to start training with us,” but then she relapsed “before she had a chance to start,” Davis explained.

  • “All of the coaches were out socially a while ago and Danielle was talking about how worried she was about her sister, and we were all so excited to bring her into our community. Danielle’s other sister and her mom workout here too,” he added.

Raising awareness: Though nothing will bring Abby back, Craig and his wife Tiffanie Davis are hosting an in-house competition on October 24th and will donate all the proceeds to the Isaiah House Treatment Center, a small rehabilitation center in a remote part of Kentucky, where Danielle’s sister had gone to rehab. They have also started a GoFundMe page for the cause.

  • “It has just been so hard. We just thought we needed to do something for the family… and this is where they requested we donate the money,” Davis said.
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One big thing: On top of giving to a worthy cause, Davis is also excited to provide an opportunity for his new clientele to experience their first CrossFit competition. He and his wife only opened their doors for the first time on March 6th, but had to close two weeks later due to COVID-19. They reopened on June 1 and business has been booming, Davis said.

  • “All our people are new. We are the only CrossFit Gym within 45 minutes of our facility. None of them have ever experienced a CrossFit competition,” Davis said. “And with the CrossFit Games on at the time, I thought it would be really cool to give them this experience, to bring the community together, all the while bringing awareness to this horrible addiction.”