August 31st, 2011
9,300 CrossFitters and 31 Kids
by Scott Zagarino
On August 6th 31 children lost their fathers in the same day. As it is, most of us don’t stop long enough to breathe, much less ruminate for just a second what it would be like at 10-years old to watch as two uniformed men inform your mother that a grateful nation is telling her that her husband will never return, or that before she could even grasp the enormity of that grief, she had to tell her children. Since you may have read this far, ponder for a second the breaking hearts and the fear that goes from stunned to crumpled.
I have to apologize to you all, here and now, for doing something I had no right to do. We committed to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation that we would fund 60 college scholarships this year from a portion of the proceeds of Fight Gone Bad. On Aug 7th I called Steve and gave him my word we would fund 31 more scholarships. I had no right to commit to that on your behalf, but I gave my word and if it costs us everything, those kids are going to school.
More than the money, more than the scholarships, it’s our friendship, our support and our thanks that these families need now. So, on Thursday, September 1, we’re going to publish an open letter listing team by team, box by box, the 9,300 (or thousands more by then) CrossFitters who are teeing it up on September 17 first on the FGB6 Blog. We’ll include a list of every registered team and what we’ve raised so far with an introduction that lets every one of the 31 children know how much we appreciate their sacrifice. We want them to know how much we want to help, and how much they can count on us, not just this September, but every September until they graduate.
Come Thursday, please comment on Facebook and the blog, let them know who you are and why they matter to you. You may never again have the opportunity to do so much good in 17 minutes. There are more than 1,000,000,000 CrossFitters out there and we can change at least this small part of the world together on the 17th.
Kettlebell Swings #53/35
I just want to extend a large thank you to those who’ve decided to join our first real venture into a charity event. It means more to Kathy and I than you might know. Thus far we’ve managed to raise 1,779.56 dollars for two great charities, and we still have almost three weeks to go. Thank you very much!
Enjoy the WOD… Go Big or Go Home!