In Affiliation, CrossFit

September 24, 2012

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Teacher Chip Johnston starts a CrossFit affiliate in one of the nation’s most impoverished states and offers free classes to all students and teachers of the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Emily Beers reports.

In some ways, CrossFit MPS will be just another CrossFit affiliate: it will seek to get people more fit than they have ever been in their lives.

On the other hand, CrossFit MPS, which stands for Milwaukee Public Schools, will be anything but just another CrossFit box. Its founder and head coach, Chip Johnston, explained it best in his application essay to become affiliated. Johnston wrote about a burning desire to serve a community in crisis through CrossFit.

The community he was talking about in his essay is Milwaukee. The crisis he was referring to is the growing number of impoverished, nutritionally misguided, overweight, out-of-shape high-school students in the city. And Johnston’s the idea of serving others has become the backbone of CrossFit MPS, a nonprofit affiliate.

Johnston, who is a full-time teacher at MacDowell Montessori School, will volunteer his time and offer free CrossFit classes to all students and teachers of the Milwaukee Public Schools district starting this month.

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2 Comments on “Serving a Community in Crisis”


wrote …

Emily, thanks so much for this piece, it's very inspiring. And I agree with Chip's mother: 'everyone benefits from the well-being of everyone else.' Chip, I look forward to hearing your future success stories!


wrote …

TRULY inspirational!
Keep it up peeps!
I went to the Crossfit MPS Facebook page and webpage. Geez, I wish I had that in my high school, I can only imagine the results. I wish my own kids had that kind of access now! Wow! ;-)

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