Conquering Heroes: A CrossFit Fundraiser
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- All weekend long, local businesses and community members came together to support at-risk children in a unique way.
The two day event helped raise funds for Hero Junction, which is an organization that teaches children not only about nutrition and exercise, but also about building character and responsibility.
The non-profit has collaborated with CrossFit Junction to offer classes for these kids three times a week.
Officials say they've already had several kids quit smoking and change their diet.
“When they get back to whatever facility they're a part of, the staff members can absolutely see a change in their behavior,” said Joe Crawford, program director of Hero Junction. “They come here and they release all of that frustration that we all have and that’s one of the great benefits to it.”
“We are not necessarily inner-city youth here but there are still plenty of at-risk kids that for one reason or another, and usually through no fault of their own, don’t have access to being part of a team at their school, or really good physical conditioning while they're growing up,” said Cody Fleming, owner of CrossFit Junction.
Hero Junction is only one of 12 affiliates with a national organization called “Steve’s Club,” which started this movement in 2006.