Nick Loera wanted to bring CrossFit to fellow students at Summit Tahoma. Through the help of the NorCal CrossFit community, he’ll be teaching his peers to squat in February.
Summit Charter High Schools are based on a philosophy that the students should drive their own learning, and 16-year-old Nick Loera took that to heart.
While Summit has a strong approach to developing learning and critical thinking in the classroom, the students lack any form of physical education.
After experiencing for himself the physical and mental benefits of CrossFit, Loera built up the courage to approach his school administration at Summit Tahoma in San Jose, Calif., to make a change.
“CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways,” he said. “I think better, have more confidence and know what it means to be healthy. So many of the kids at my school don’t have that.”
Loera spent countless hours developing detailed proposals to convince the administration to approve an after-school CrossFit program. He won his battle, but the financial burden of providing equipment and coaches required some help from the CrossFit community.