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Learning About Hope

By Chris Cooper

In CrossFit, Special Populations

October 13, 2013

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Fourteen CrossFit-built Kenyan schools give villagers a chance to escape poverty through education. Chris Cooper reports.

If Mombasa, Kenya, is a center of trade, tourism and industry, rural Kenya is distinctly agrarian. This agriculture, however, is not the agriculture of the Industrial Revolution but rather smallholder farming mostly absent tractors and irrigation systems. The majority of Kenyans make their living by farming small patches… Continue Reading

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In Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

October 09, 2013

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The final part of this three-part series looks at the day-to-day lives of Haitian people and how they find happiness in a country filled with constant physical struggle and hardship.

About two hours away by car from McDonald, where Julie Roberts does most of her work in Haiti, is the tiny village of Jarvais. Because the village isn’t close to any cities, its people don’t have access to imported goods. They depend entirely on each… Continue Reading

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In Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

September 27, 2013

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One year ago, Julie Roberts funded five microcredit loans to five struggling families in McDonald, Haiti. In Part 2 of this three-part series, Emily Beers takes a look at how Roberts’ seeds are growing.

In a concrete-walled church in the rural Haitian village of McDonald, 250 or so people gather to listen to Gabriel Nixon, the unofficial village leader.

He has gathered his community this evening to introduce the North American guests visiting… Continue Reading

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To the Pain

By Scott Stricklin

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Teams of warriors in Medieval armor gather in France to try to injure each other with axes and maces.

We grappled, spinning and hacking at each other, until we both ended up slamming against the fence. In a flash, the Belarusian was gone and I felt the weight of another opponent on my back.

Against the fence and immobile, I leaned into the barrier and threw one arm around a post to keep from being borne… Continue Reading

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Training the Brain

By Chris Cooper

In Kids, Special Populations

June 18, 2013

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Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, talks to Chris Cooper about movement, the mind and CrossFit.

Can burpees help with math homework?

Dr. John Ratey thinks so.

The associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 2008 wrote the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain based on the outstanding example of the Naperville School Board. The book… Continue Reading

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In Special Populations

June 03, 2013

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This three-part series profiles Julie Roberts and her work in Haiti since a devastating earthquake in 2010. From amputating infected limbs to investing in pay-it-forward microcredit loans, Roberts is dedicated to helping Haitians recover.

It is January 2010. Julie Roberts finishes a long run in training for the Vancouver Marathon and rushes home to cook dinner for her four children.

She turns on the TV to find ubiquitous breaking news about… Continue Reading

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Suffer the Children

By Chris Cooper

In CrossFit, Special Populations

April 16, 2013

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CrossFit unites its global community in the fight against catastrophic children’s illnesses. Chris Cooper reports.

It costs US$1.9 million to turn the lights on every morning and run St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a day. Some celebrities contribute, but the majority of donations are just from average folks around the world. Incredibly, 70 percent of all donations made to St. Jude are for $30 or less.

Thirty bucks isn’t much, and… Continue Reading

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Older, Wiser, Fitter

By Marty Cej

In Special Populations

April 03, 2013

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More and more seniors are using CrossFit to ensure the golden years are rich with vitality. Marty Cej reports.

First, Lu Quast talks about about the cancer and the knee surgeries. Then she talks about about the back injury, which happened first but so long ago the accident can be told with a smile slipping into her voice.

She fell from a ladder when painting a ceiling. She picked herself up and carried on but… Continue Reading

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