December 14, 2013
Charter school with CrossFit as its physical-education program receives conditional approval.
On Dec. 3, the San Diego Unified Board of Education voted 6-1 in favor of granting conditional approval to Empower Charter School, making it the first school to name CrossFit as a foundation in its petition for charter. About 40 green-clad supporters, including CrossFit originals Greg Amundson and Josh Everett, were in attendance for the vote.
Empower is scheduled to open in fall 2014 and serve students in kindergarten to Grade 6, and the vote was the last step in a lengthy process that involves budget and enrollment forecasts and a host of other legal elements. The school will offer an innovative program focusing on academics as well as fitness and health, with CrossFit at its core.
Lead petitioner Demi Brown credited the approval to the amazing support of the CrossFit community, particularly the members of CrossFit Mission Gorge and CrossFit Elysium.
“We were standing up for something we believe in,” she said.
With conditional approval granted, Brown will now be working to meet all conditions in order to begin operation in fall of the New Year.