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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 30, 2013

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Noble and Empower charter schools find CrossFit fits their mandate to pursue excellence in education.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools is located in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago: Englewood, Garfield Park, West Humble Park. Ninety-five percent of its students live below the poverty line, and many of the schools in the neighborhood are equipped with metal detectors to curb violence. When students enter Noble schools in the ninth grade, they’re… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 26, 2013

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Chicago student wins charter-school “education lottery” and earns full college scholarship.

Daniel Rodriguez won the lottery when he was 13.

A kid from Chicago’s inner city, Rodriguez faced a bleak outlook. His mom is from Puerto Rico, his dad from the Dominican Republic, and English is not the first language of either parent. Rodriguez struggled in elementary school, and his parents feared for his future in high school.

“I was so far behind as… Continue Reading

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Blind Athlete: Might as Well Jump

By Bettina Dolinsek and Randy Landgrebe

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Bettina Dolinsek was born blind, but she never asked to be treated differently. That same attitude carries over into her CrossFit training, and she doesn’t shy away from movements—even box jumps.

“Growing up blind, you weren’t expected to do much,” she explains. “It honestly makes me angry. That’s not how I want to be treated. I want to be expected to do what everybody else is expected to do.”

So Dolinsek started CrossFit and recently… Continue Reading

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Lifeline to Independence

By Anna Woods with Emily Beers

In Coaching, Special Populations

October 16, 2013

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Anna Woods describes workouts that showcase the creativity needed to provide functional movement skills to clients with challenges including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and paraplegia.

CrossFit for people with developmental disabilities involves adapting movements for mental and physical delays while nurturing and growing a culture that encourages improved function for day-to-day life. I usually have to adapt things such as the… Continue Reading

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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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