After one of its members is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, CrossFit Mission Gorge shows what it means to be part of the CrossFit community. Jack Goodson reports.
CrossFit Mission Gorge was not two months old. And times were understandably difficult. The first rent was coming due. And there was no membership base at the San Diego, Calif., box.
Concern gripped co-owners Ian McHugh and Geo Rockwell. It was likely they would have to reach into their own pockets—and funds were already low after investing most of what they had into their California dream.
“We had less than 10 members at the time,” Rockwell said. “Most people who came through the door of our semi-empty warehouse were not convinced, sold or even slightly interested in paying for a membership at this point.”
Warren Hoyt is not most people. Hoyt was—and still is—a true believer. He was all-in from the start. “Ted,” as he is known, didn’t hesitate. He offered to pay his membership in full for the year.
Later, when Ted was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, it was time for the Mission Gorge community to reach out and support him.