After Six Years Helping Thousands of Homeless, Kettlebells4Kids Closes its Doors
In 2014, Aime Owens began Kettlebells4Kids with a mission to bring fitness to homeless kids starting in the Boston area and later across the country. After six years dedicated to that mission, the 501c3 is closing its doors, citing “operational funding” as the main reason for closing.
- Aime Owens, President and Founder: “We want to thank the entire CrossFit community for their support and passion over the past six years.”
- “There are so many other amazing organizations within our CrossFit family who are doing amazing things for homeless and at-risk youth. We hope our past donors will continue to look for ways to stay involved and make a difference.”
One big thing: Kettlebells4kids drew early attention in the CrossFit community from Katrin Davidsdottir, Cole Sager, Ben Bergeron and a 10-year-old Boston CrossFit kids athlete, Shiloh Ellis, who raised more than $10,000 on his own to support the organization.
Kettlebells4Kids by the numbers:
- More than 4,000 athletes and affiliates were enlisted to help support this cause.
- More than $500,000 has been raised to help over 5,000 homeless kids in 36 states.
- 13 indoor and outdoor play areas for homeless children were built.