CrossFit Santa Barbara Hosts Kettlebells4kids Fundraiser

Posted on Nov 9 by SEASONS Magazine

 

This weekend get out and get active for a good cause with CrossFit Santa Barbara!

CrossFit Santa Barbara (590 E. Gutierrez St., Ste. C) is hosting a fundraiser for kettlebells4kids, a nonprofit organization focused on spreading awareness about the growing issue of child homelessness in our country.

Kettlebells4kids is creating and funding in-shelter fitness programs for kids, improving their physical strength, emotional skills and social interactions.

The average age of a homeless person is 9 years old, and over 50% of homeless children in our country are under the age of 6 years old, according to data shared by CrossFit. These children are more likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems and have learning disabilities. The numbers are staggering, but there is hope for change.

According to Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, “Three of the most rigorous long-term studies found a range of returns between $4 and $9 for every dollar invested in early learning programs for low-income children. Program participants followed into adulthood benefited from increased earnings while the public saw returns in the form of reduced special education, welfare and crime costs and increased tax revenues from program participants later in life.”

CrossFit Santa Barbara and kettlebells4kids want to involve the community in furthering their mission of bringing fitness to those with financial and lifestyle barriers.

Exercise is proven to improve a child’s ability to learn, reduces social and emotional stress, and positively impacts overall physical and mental health.

This action-packed morning includes a workout for both adults and children, plus a raffle and game sponsored by local favorite, Taffy’s Pizza! Breakfast snacks and beverages are provided, and free childcare is available with Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

The fundraiser is Saturday, November 11. For more information about this event or to make a donation, please visit this website.

–Lohana Richmond

 

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