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February 14, 2013

Fitness facility to host fundraiser for Kenya

Local residents will have the chance to get fit while providing safe drinking water and new schools in Kenya. 

On Saturday, community members will be able to participate in the global Hope for Kenya fundraiser, “CrossFit for Kenya,” a workout at Cooperstown CrossFit with all of the proceeds going directly to self-sustaining projects in Eastern Kenya.

CrossFit is an international fitness program, which began in the mid-1990s as a small community of athletes in a gym in Santa Cruz, Calif. There are now more than 5,000 CrossFit gyms worldwide.   

“From the beginning, CrossFit has been focused on making people better, and the Hope for Kenya initiative builds on that focus,” said Dan Murdock, owner of Cooperstown CrossFit. “One of the things which attracted me to CrossFit was the CrossFit community’s dedication to service and philanthropy.”

In a 250-square-mile area surrounding Mombasa Kenya, CrossFit is engaged in building schools and fostering sustainable agricultural practices. In this area, students sit on the ground with their schoolwork propped on their knees, and villagers would walk miles to collect river water for cooking and drinking. With the help of CrossFit’s ongoing Hope for Kenya program, students learn in actual school buildings with new desks, and villagers enjoy fresh water from rainwater collection cisterns. The donations from this worldwide fundraiser will build more schools, water cisterns, desks and latrines in more than 20 villages in the CrossFit service area along the Indian Ocean.

The fundraiser may be accessed online at Kenya.crossfit.com. Participants can have individuals sponsor them for the workout on Feb. 16 at Cooperstown CrossFit at 4773 State Highway 28.

“It’s a chance to test your fitness while helping to make a difference in the lives of others,” Murdock said.

Previous CrossFit fundraisers have benefited causes as diverse as the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Hurricane Sandy relief.

The Cooperstown CrossFit opened in August and offers daily workouts and skill training. According to a media release, members attain proficiency in a variety of gymnastics, calisthenic and strength training modes in a safe and encouraging environment. Nutritional and goal setting skills are a significant part of the program.

For more information, visit www.cooperstowncrossfit.com or call 267-1794.

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