Leadership as Rx’d “The India Project”
In December 2010, the CFC Team will be traveling to the Sri Ram Ashram in India!
Cross Fit Calgary is excited to tell you about a small project that we are launching between Hardiwar, India and Calgary, Canada.
Many non-CrossFitters ask, why we do what we do. Without exception, almost every CrossFit blog or article talks about the art of being inspired.
At CrossFit Calgary, many giants inspire us. In 2009, we were inspired by the efforts of Chris Spealler who went to an orphanage in India to recognize the efforts of Rashmi Cole who has brought CrossFit Kids into her orphanage. Later in 2009, we were equally inspired by one of our own members, Amy Lafleche, who volunteered at an orphanage in Tibet – bringing the joy of CrossFit there.
In both cases, we were struck by how much those orphanages taught us about the importance of physical fitness for youth around the world. We started looking at what’s happening on the global level and what’s occurring on a more local level in our own city. The signposts kept pointing to the kids. As adults, we know how CrossFit improves our health, self-esteem and confidence. We would like to give back by encouraging more youth to participate in CrossFit and reap these benefits at an earlier age.
This year, at the invitation of the Sri Ram Ashram, Cross Fit Calgary is traveling to India to learn more about how the orphanage, with limited equipment and few staff is so successful at bringing a love forCrossFit to the kids. We want to learn some strategies from the Ashram and return to Calgary with an aim to creating and developing a youth focused CrossFit program for kids in some of Calgary’s high needs communities. This is a win-win for both
sides of the world. The Ashram is delighted to host CFC and, very excited to have a few workouts designed specifically for them by Brett Marshall. We, at CFC, are also hopeful that we can be of use to the Ashram by helping them obtain more equipment while also increasing enthusiasm for the sport so many of us love here
But, it doesn’t end there…
Ultimately, the longer term vision of this exciting project is to create a sustainable relationship between the 2 affiliates while potentially establishing some youth focused programs that will contribute training and certifications
for the CrossFit trainers and leaders of tomorrow – in Hardiwar and Calgary.
To make this big dream happen we need YOU. If you have a desire to get involved or, even come on the trip with us, please let us know. Your ideas and your partnership with us is needed.
Goals / Deliverables of the 2010 Trip:
- The CFC Team will travel to the Sri Ram Ashram to learn how to foster a commitment to life-long fitness in children living in under privileged circumstances and to bring this learning back to Calgary.
- Establish a partnership between CFC and SRA in hopes of developing leadership opportunities for the children from both affiliates.
- Better understand and develop long-term strategy for Cross Fit Calgary and the Sri Ram Ashram to encourage CrossFit affiliates across North America to promote accessibility to CrossFit for young athletes around the world.
Visit the Leadership as Rx’d website for the latest updates or to donate!
Vijay’s story and the Leadership as Rx’d team made it in the news! Click here to see the OMNI TV news story and interview.
Calgary Co-op Whole Health Challenge 2011
CFC will again be participating in the Calgary Co-op Whole Health Challenge by offering free, private, group CrossFit classes. Just sign up for the Whole Health Challenge Program when it is announced and register for a class! Its free!
1. Saturday, February 12, 1-2 pm
2. Friday, February 18, 8-9 pm
CFC Preschoolers (ages 3-5)
1. Wednesday Feb 16, 11:00-11:30 am
2. Friday, March 11, 1:30 to 2:00 pm
CFC KIDS (ages 6 to 10)
1. Saturday, Feb 12 2:30-3:30pm
2. Thursday, March 3 4:15-5 pm
CFC TEENS (ages 11-15)
1. Thursday, Feb 10, 4-5 pm
2. Friday March 18, 4-5 pm
Fight Gone Bad 4
In September 2009 CrossFit Calgary participated in Fight Gone Bad 4 along with dozens of other CrossFit affiliates around the World. The goal- to have a kick ass time doing the workout “Fight Gone Bad” and to raise money for charity- the Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada. CrossFit Calgary raised more money than any other affiliate in Canada!
CFC Kids assists Amy LaFleche in charity work in China
In August 2009, AMY LAFLECHE traveled to the Warithang Zadou Orphanage in China for one month to volunteer and complete a documentary. The documentary will be screened across Canada to raise awareness and funds for the orphanage. Since her stay is too short to have formal English lessons, she will be teaching through art, music, and fitness. As part of her role as a volunteer, she will be teaching the orphans fitness and games - CrossFit style!
There are currently 180 children at the orphanage and they are accepting 50 new children in September 2009. Our organization does not use any money for administration or volunteer travel so 100% goes directly to the orphanage. Every year a group of volunteers goes to the orphanage to ensure all the money is used accordingly and gets to the right people (the children).
CrossFit Calgary is pleased to present Amy with $100 of sports equipment for her visit.
CrossFit Calgary has supported dozens of other local charity efforts that our amazing membership is actively involved in… and we will continue to do so!