Steve’s Club Camden was packed for the Sixth Annual Beat the Streets Fundraiser on October 4. Over forty Steve’s Club athletes welcomed local box owners, CrossFitters, community supporters, family, friends and spectators as over 100 people threw down to raise money for the cause.
“It’s hands down my favorite day of the year,” said Steve Liberati, founder of the Steve’s Club National Program, that now has over 20 clubs nationwide. “What started six years ago as a group of friends working out and throwing up a couple dollars to help has now turned into a massive WOD for a brighter tomorrow.”
It was a chilly rainy morning, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s excitement about the 12-minute partner AMRAP (as many rounds/reps as possible) of 20 heavy thrusters, 30 pull-ups and 40 burpees. At 3-2-1 GO, the music was ramped up, and the athletes fed off of energy and encouragement from the crowd with a competitive intensity. Many teams completed two, three and even over four rounds of work.
A few Varsity athletes moved the crowd while sharing what Steve’s Club means to them. To get Varsity ‘status’ and become a peer leader, an athlete must have consistent attendance and display the Steve’s Club National Program values: integrity, respect, improvement, teamwork, support, positivity, discipline, character and community. Click here to learn more about the program.
“Steve’s Club has taught me important life lessons: if you don’t work hard for what you want you’re not getting anywhere,” said Gabby, who recently received her Varsity status. “You have to find your inner strength when you feel like giving up.”
“Some of our kids walk miles to get to us,” said Steve. “Our club is a constant in their lives and provides much-needed safety and guidance. Their dedication and work ethic inspire me everyday.”
“It keeps me from being bored, and keeps me active and eating healthy,” said Xavier. “It’s a place where everyone comes together, knows each other and loves each other. It’s amazing. Steve’s Club is my family.”
Many kids recalled their very first workout, and how the pain of those moments helped shape the athletes they are today and the leaders they would like to be in the future.
“Last October I came for the first time,” said Dominic. “I knew nothing about CrossFit. The workout was the hardest one of my life. I completed it, and was proud. The next day I was really sore, and stayed sore for about a week, but then I came back. I want to be here for a long time, helping other kids find their way.”