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CrossFit and the Jonas Brothers

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“Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.” — President George W. Bush

What Do the Jonas Brothers and CrossFit Have in Common? Lily Jordan.


Hannah Canil, a senior at Penn State University, and sixteen-year-old Lily Jordan had plans to go to the Jonas Brothers concert together on August 31. Instead, Lily was spending that night in a hospital bed receiving another round of chemotherapy to treat Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.

So the Jonas Brothers came to her instead. 

Canil is one of the heads of the Penn State CrossFit Club, a student-run organization at the university. The club, which expects about 150 members this year, is a group of students who love to pursue fitness and have a good time. 

“It is a great testament to the CrossFit community in the college setting. We have workouts every day and the club is entirely student-run. All of our coaches have L1s and our executive board is a student board as well,” Canil wrote in an email to Morning Chalk Up.

One of the things Penn State CrossFit Club does is raise funds regularly for THON, the college’s student-based philanthropy organization. Since 1977, THON has operated year-long, fundraising and raising awareness to enhance the lives of children and families affected by cancer. THON assigns families to organizations that want to support them, making the fundraising more direct and personal. The Penn State CrossFit Clubs THON family is the Jordan family

Lecia Jordan, Lily’s mother, was initially unimpressed when she heard that a CrossFit club would be fundraising for her daughter. “Honestly, I expected a bunch of self-centered meatheads and I was initially disappointed with the assignment,” she told Morning Chalk Up. “But it turned out to be these loving, responsible, smart, and fun kids. We are honored to call them a part of our family. Now, my husband does CrossFit and we have grown to love the community we knew nothing about.”

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Chalk Up Community

  • CROSSFIT FOR NASHOBA — CrossFit Woburn in Woburn, MA is hosting a charity workout and fundraising event to benefit the Nashoba Learning Group on October 5. The event will help support member Peter Hanson, whose son attends the Nashoba Learning Group, a center that provides help for those with autism as well as hope for their families. 
  • SUPPORT BREAST CANCER WITH FIT BOXX — The October Fit Boxx is available for purchase until October 10 and will ship the week of October 15 – 18. For this October box, they have partnered with Born Primitive, Girls Gone RX, Callicure, Buddy Nutrition and Reneva. They are donating 100% of profits from October to Bright Pink, a non-profit that supports early detection.
  • HELP THE WATERMELON RANCH — EnchantFIT CrossFit in Rio Rancho, NM is hosting a dog adoption WOD to benefit the Watermelon Ranch, a no-kill animal shelter in Rio Rancho, NM on Saturday, September 21. 
  • CROSSFIT KIDS — Gas City CrossFit in Medicine Hat, Alberta has started their CrossFit Kids class for ages 5 -8. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Congratulations to Kelly Hyland on getting ten muscle-ups in the Legends Masters Competition • Marcella Hunnicutt deadlifts 300 pounds for five • Alyssa Ritchey snatches 176 pounds five times • Corrinne Cook front squats 175 pounds for a PR.

Qualify for the NorCal Classic Through Caffeine and Kilos — The Caffeine and Kilos Invitational in Sacramento, CA on September 22 is an official qualifying event for the Northern California Classic. There is also a $1,000 cash prize for the RX winners and swag for all podium finishers.

Cassidy Lance-McWherter Shares Fertility Struggle — Cassidy Lance-McWherter, who has shared her fertility struggle on social media, shared her most recent result on Instagram.

— “I had another negative pregnancy test. This time was the absolute worst. It hit me the hardest. I think because I was soooo hopeful this time and I really felt like it would take. I truly, honestly, deep down inside believed it would. I took all the right steps, I was religious about everything, but somehow the stars didn’t align. I will be okay and I know everything happens for a reason, it has just been a really really really hard 4 days.

— “No one tells you how hard this is. No one tells you the amount of money you will spend. No one tells you how long it will take. No one tells you.. no one tells you anything! There isn’t a manual. Google is your friend, but not your best friend. You figure it out as you go!”

Kara Saunders to Participate in Strength in Beauty — Games athlete and new mom, Kara Saunders, will be a guest speaker at the next Beauty In Strength event on September 29 in Newstead, Australia. 

— “I’m in unchartered water here. Professional athlete to a new mum, double business owner and hopefully a soon to be professional athlete in conjunction with all of these things. It’s hectic and I don’t know what I’m doing, winging it in every sense of the word…but I’m learning and sharing.”

OUTWOD Awards Latest Round of Athlete Scholarships — The OUT Foundation accepts applications for OUTAthlete scholarships twice per year. The latest round of scholarships was just awared. 

— “The OUT Foundation works closely with our scholarship recipients to provide weekly goal coaching and nutrition counseling through Brave Fitness, three months of healthy meals from Kettlebell Kitchen, and more to set our OUTAthletes up for success.

— “After reviewing applications from a diverse group of 56 applicants and facilitating access to gym memberships through partnerships with local gyms, 16 recipients comprised of gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex, and pansexual recipients ranging in age from 22 to 31 years of age across 12 states were chosen.”


“She fell Sara, I can’t get her up!” by Sara Hall, Morning Chalk Up

In memory of Gigi, who passed away just a few weeks after I wrote this. Though she was little, she was fierce and strong in her own way and inspired me to become better myself.

How do you prepare yourself when the universe throws a detour on life’s highway? For me, I found out it was CrossFit that was preparing me.

Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time. I always thought CrossFit was about getting a good workout. A place I could go and make friends who could commiserate the aftermath of Fran, or the five rounds for time, 12 calorie assault bike (I still have PTSD over that one… thanks Pat).

But the day I discovered that CrossFit had been preparing me for bigger things was actually just a normal day for me. It’s always a normal day when something like this happens. It was just a “binge-watch Netflix and laundry” type of day, until I heard my mother’s panicked voice yelling my name from the back door.

This was a tone she did not use often.

I immediately knew It meant that something was very wrong, and she was scared.

“Gigi fell! She fell Sara, I can’t get her up!”

Gigi is my beloved 91-year-old, 90-pound grandmother who loves to go out to the family barn, sweep the front cement pad and hose it off. It is something she loves doing regularly, but on that day she forgot she had laid the hose down. She tripped over it and fell, hard, onto the cement, rolling into the thick mud that had formed from heavy rain the night before.  My mother, who is a petite woman and 95 pounds soaking wet, found Gigi and was unable to help her, no matter how hard she tried.

I fled through the door and sprinted the 200 meters to the barn. I could see Gigi, covered in mud, bloody from her fall.


9/11: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at CrossFit Alpha Dog (Lombard, IL)
9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Granite Games Fall Throwdown (Suffield, CT)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14: Granite games at CrossFit Nola 504 (New Orleans, LA)
9/14: Festivus Games at Gymology Fitness (Tulsa, OK)
9/14: Garage Games Master’s Tour 2019 (Chicago, IL)
9/14: WODktoberfest 2019 (Ottawa, ON)
9/14: Festivus Games at Oroville CrossFit (Oroville, CA)
9/14: Granite Games Throwdown Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
9/14: Festivus Games at J5 CrossFit (Collinsville, IL)
9/14: Festivus Games at Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14: Prime Partner Classic (Utica, NY)
9/14: Barbell Brawl V (Kennett Square, PA)
9/14: Festivus games at CrossFit Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: Grand Games 2019 (Westfield, IN)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury, CT)
9/15: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at Blue Crab CrossFit (Hanover, MD)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: Beers and Burpees (Charlotte, NC)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21: OUTWOD Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Chicago (Chicago, IL)
9/28: OUTWOD Richmond (Richmond, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Suffolk (Suffolk, NY)
9/28 – 9/30: Duality 2019 (San Antonio, TX)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
10/3 – 10/21: Dubai CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier (Online)
10/5: The Grit Games (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
10/5: Nashoba Learning Group FUNdraiser (Woburn, MA)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)
10/19: 2019 CrossFit Unstoppable WODfest (Jefferson City, MO)

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