Affiliate of the Month: CrossFit Kokomo Raises $22,000 in 24 Hours for Veterans

November 30, 2023 by
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As a marine, who served from 2008 to 2015, Kevin Jewell knows how difficult it can be to return home to civilian life after being overseas.

  • “I was, and am, blessed with coming back to a relatively seamless transition. Not all veterans can say that,” said Jewell, who owns CrossFit Kokomo in Kokomo, IN.

So each November 11, Jewell hosts a fundraiser at his gym and donates the money to Jackson Street Commons, a local charity that provides supportive housing for veterans in his city.

On Veterans Day 2023, CrossFit Kokomo raised $22,000 in 24 hours, bringing its total donated in the last six years to $78,000.

The details: On November 11, CrossFit Kokomo members tackled Hero WODs every hour on the hour for 24 hours, starting with “Blake”—four rounds for time of 100-foot overhead walking lunges, 30 box jumps, 20 wall balls and 10 handstand push-ups.

Twenty-two people finished “Blake,” and most went on to do a second, third, fourth and even fifth Hero WOD in the 24-hour window.

  • “We challenge everyone to do something outlandish for them…We had people who did the 1 AM, 2 AM and 3 AM workouts just because,” Jewell said, adding that 200 people participated in at least one workout that day. 

Further, 31 local businesses sponsored the event and donated funds, which helped CrossFit Kokomo raise the most money they ever have on November 11, edging out their 2021 total by $900.

Jewel couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s result. 

  • “The vibe is difficult to describe. It’s wild to see your watch and see it say 1:32 AM and see a gym full of people attacking a workout and not a single complaint…It gives you chills when you sit back and see what people will do for those in need,” Jewel said.

The big picture: Ordinarily, CrossFit Kokomo is a place where people come to work on their personal fitness. But on November 11 each year, it’s so much bigger than that.

  • “For 24 straight hours, our community is solely focused on those deserving men and women at Jackson Street Commons,” Jewel said. 

And after six years, what they have created each November 11 has trickled into the other 364 days of the year.

“Before 2018, not many people knew about Jackson Street Commons. Now, we’ve grown relationships with the veterans. We do dinners with them, lunches, and have given them funds that otherwise they wouldn’t have….It lets them know we haven’t forgotten their sacrifice to the United States and we now will serve them in whatever capacity we can.”

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