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.