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2014+2015+2016 AMRAP 4 AUTISM
“Hope For Landon”
The Event “2014 AMRAP 4 AUTISM” was a historical event for Crossfit S3 and will continue to be for years to come. This AMRAP is focused on raising awareness and funding for Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org). Hope For Landon brought together members from 3 Crossfit boxes, over 95 athletes and 1 amazing 32 min AMRAP raising more than $7000.00. With $3500 raised at the event through sign ups, raffles and donations, Medtronic (Rudy Thoms’ company) matched the donations dollar for dollar = $7000.00 raised. A special thank you to Crossfit Catawba Valley who brought down 15 members from Hickory NC to support this great cause and Crossfit Weddington with 6 athletes.
32 Minute AMRAP With 6 Reps Per Person For Each Movement
Overhead Plate Lunges (45/25)
400 Meter Partner Run
Lateral Barbell Burpees
Alternating Jumping Lunges
Narrow Handed Push Ups
Overhead Squats (115/75)
No Kip T2B
Autism impacts 1 in every 80 children in the Unites States and is steadily on the rise in the last 20 years. It is unsure what causes Autism and unfortunately there is no cure. Not being able to communicate verbally, motor skills and lack of social interaction with others are just some of the obstacles that these children face every day. Landon Thoms (son of Rudy & Becky Thoms, current members of S3) was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 18 months. He is now 7 years old and still considered severely Autistic on the spectrum. Landon is unlike most 7 year old children. He doesn’t have friends, he doesn’t play with others and he doesn’t know how to speak/communicate. 1:1 advanced behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy is the only form of treatment for Landon that has shown positive results. On top of specialized schooling, Landon spends 20 hours a week in ABA therapy. There are no pharmaceutical drugs that exist to help Landon, no medical devices, only hope and faith and his wonderful ABA therapists. Even with all these challenges, Landon lives his life as a happy boy. He loves his iPad, his electronic toys and smiles ear to ear when you sing to him. Although he can’t tell you how he feels, you can see it in his face when he smiles and laughs.
The mission of AMRAP 4 AUTISM is simple; awareness, support and most importantly hope. Guided by the mission of Crossfit and “community, the AMRAP aligns with this mission to help drive support/funding for Autism research. Crossfit’s goal is community and this AMRAP is at the center of that goal. The AMRAP raises money to help find more treatment options, better awareness and ultimately a cure for those with autism. Thank you to everyone for helping bring hope for Landon and all the millions of children diagnosed with autism.
On May 31, 2014, Crossfit S3 and their members joined in the fight against blood cancer, when they hosted Crossfit: Fight for a Cure to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a part of the Man and Woman of the Year event. With a turnout of over 80 participants the event not only raised necessary funds but also helped spread awareness of LLS. The day hosted 5 competition times, where members completed a 35-minute partner WOD honoring the LLS Charlotte Boy of the Year, Hamilton Grant.
Crossfit for a Cure 35 Minute AMRAP:
800 M Team Run
80 Thrusters (45/35)
80 KBS (1.5/1.0)
S3 was honored to have Hamilton, and his mother, Meiko attend the event. Hamilton was afflicted with a form of Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 3 but through treatment and the help of LLS, he is now in remission. It was a great experience seeing Hamilton, in his cowboy boots and Crossfit t-shirt, running, rowing and even completing some thrusters throughout the day.
This charitable event raised over $3500 and was organized through S3 member, Stephanie Melish Neuman, Charlotte Woman of the Year Winner. “S3 and it’s members are generous people who consistently show up, give, and participate when it matters most and they do so through the sweat with a smile on their face.”– Stephanie Melish Neuman
*Gem City Crossfit in Dayton, Ohio was a satellite location for this event and had over 25 members participate.
TOYS FOR TOTS
On December 13th, 2014 Joe Tedesco from Architech Sports co-hosted with Crossfit S3 a Toys for Tots 12 Days of Christmas WOD to raise funds for the Lancaster and Mecklenburg Toys For Tots affiliate programs. Over $2000 of cash was raised and over $2000 worth of toys were donated at the event. Over 80 participants showed up and were in the giving spirit of the holiday season to support the cause. We plan on hosting this event yearly and using the success we had in the first year to grow the event into a multi box event to have a greater impact on helping the community.