The Logan County Board of DD FANs Network is getting even stronger through a new partnership with Mad River CrossFit.
In December, the Bellefontaine gym hosted its third Christmas Charity Ugly Sweater Throwdown. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Logan County Braves Special Olympics Team and The Logan County Board of DD & Bellefontaine Kiwanis Aktion Club’s ongoing project supporting The Ohio Veterans Home. Participants paid an entry fee and donated personal hygiene items to take part in the workout competition. Several Braves team members, like Junior Baker, cheered on the participants and tried several of the exercise challenges.
“Junior was so excited and he didn’t want to stop. It was electrifying to see him!” said Cale Marker, co-owner of Mad River CrossFit.
It was during the “throwdown” that Marker decided to provide the opportunity for Junior and his friends to be fit and healthy regardless of their age, athletic background or current physical ability.
Marker spoke with his wife and CrossFit co-owner Molly, who is trained as a special education instructor, about increasing exercise opportunities for the Braves and their peers. She loved the idea of integrating these athletes into their facility, as did former Logan County Board of DD President Zeb Wagner—a regular at their gym.
On Jan. 13, several members of the Braves gathered at Mad River CrossFit for their first specialized weekly workout. Marker led the group in a warm-up, stretches, several relay races to get the heart pumping and a cool down.
Junior Baker had a blast and after the workout bought a Mad River CrossFit t-shirt. He said, “I’m coming back!”
Kelli Bader coordinates the FANs (Friend, Allies and Neighbors) Network for the Logan County Board of DD. She says, “Not only will this partnership help our Braves team members become more fit, it also offers a unique integration opportunity in the community. We are so thankful for their interest!”
Mad River CrossFit is open to members during the FANs Wednesday workout hour at 1 pm. Marker hopes their presence will make an impact on everyone. He said, “So many people put pressure on themselves in here, but these guys just want to have fun and be fit. That’s what it’s all about.”
After the Wednesday workout, Marker presented the group with a check for $245 for Special Olympics from the “throwdown” as well as boxes full of hygiene items that will be donated to the Ohio Veterans Home.
Submitted by the Logan County Board of DD.