AMRAP 4 AUTISM
Every Year, S3 is the host box for AMRAP 4 AUTISM - “Hope For Landon”.
Since 2014, S3 members, Rudy and Becky Thoms have hosted a one-day CrossFit fundraising event to benefit autism.
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 the Autism Strong Foundation (www.autismstrong.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.