United for Youth Results

It started back in December. Westside Athletes Association (a non-profit started by UB's community governor Christopher, along with coaches Nikki, Jason, Jo, Jon, and member Maria McGinley) began their third "United for Youth" event. This time their goal was BIG - bringing a 2-day certification to 20 teachers in the SF Unified School District, allowing them to implement functional fitness programs in their schools.

The UB community rose up in support of the event, helping raise funds in contribution and celebrating it with February's Fight Gone Bad event.  The fundraising continued up until the actual training, which took place last Wednesday-Thursday.

Before sharing some details of the training, HUGE thanks goes to all of you who supported WAA's cause, especially those fundraisers who helped raise $10,766!!! Some great prizes were solicited for the top 3 fundraisers, and those turned out to be:

Mike Coutermarsh - $946
Amelia Eddleman - $795
Dock Howard - $550

Congrats to them! And again, WAA cannot thank you enough for all of your participation and support. 

This training was the tangible result of the efforts around United for Youth. 20 teachers attended, and coaches Nikki, Jason, and Jon were also given complimentary attendance. Safe to say it was a resounding success! Here are just a few quotes from the teachers on what they found valuable:

  • The basic concept - focus on mechanics! It's easy to get swept up in the complexities of teaching a class, and this was a good reminder to live/work by simple rules and master them.
  • How to implement this within my P.E. class and how the approach will help me engage and challenge my students' fitness levels.
  • How to identify /correct form in squats, jumps, lifts.
  • Physical Literacy - what it means and why it matters.
  • Technique over Intensity and Load.

We learned all about Brand X's methodology for teaching kids (or really, anyone) how to move well through life. They call it "physical literacy" - how to confidently, capably, and safely move through your environment. Quality of movement is of paramount importance, and the foundation is in safety and fun. As they teach it, fun = success, and the goal is to have every kid be successful.  

Beyond how this applies to teens and children, many lessons/tips/drills can also be applied to adults, and we hope to share some of that with you in future classes. If you want to learn more, feel free to chat with Nikki, Jason, or Jon!  

We can't say it enough - THANK YOU.  From the bottom of our hearts, we truly appreciate what you helped create.  I'll leave you with some pics from the training.

Welcome to the Fight!

DETAILS FOR TOMORROW:

The judges' briefing begins at 8:30am and heats begin at 9am. Heats as they stand now are listed below. They will run every 25 minutes from 9am on until we get through all registered athletes.

Please show up AT LEAST 20 minutes prior to your heat. After checking in, you'll be in charge of your own warm up in the back room. At the top of each heat, you'll be assigned a judge and get a mini briefing on the points of performance.

Prizes awarded to top 3 highest RX scorers, plus some other gifts to be given away (show up to find out)!

DONATE

Still want to donate? Please give here:

https://fundly.com/united-for-youth-2017#supporters/fundraisers

THE WORKOUT:

3 rounds
1 minute at each station
- Wall Balls (20# / 14#)
- Sumo DL High Pulls (75# / 55#)
- Box Jumps (20")
- Push Press (75# / 55#)
- Row (calories)
1 minute rest between rounds  
Score is total reps completed


9:00am
Dock
Connor
Jackie
Coryn
Tim
9:25am
Matt
Guy
Josh
Ilana
Steven
9:50am
Ryan
Tushar
Mila
Sid
Prerana
10:15am
Mike
Chad
Maria
Ester
Alex

10:30am: INTERMISSION

10:50am
Brittany
Anita
Amelia
Christian
Chris
11:15am
Chelsea
Josie
Patrick
Austin
Man
11:40am
Hayley
Loryn
Adam
Marek
Lavinia
12:05pm
Joe
Sunli
Nikhil
Terry
Rajesh

Additional heats will be added if needed.

United for Youth needs YOU!

Do you have a social network?  Uh, yeah, of course you do.

Do you care about the health and fitness of young teenagers? Uh, yeah, of course you do. 

Well, there you have it.  There's no good reason not to be a FUNDRAISER for United for Youth!

And I'll give you another reason TO become a fundraiser - the prize packages!  The team from WAA has gathered some really awesome donations from local businesses.  

SO, easy peasy - click this link, become a fundraiser, send a nice social post to your network asking for donations, and you'll be in the running for prizes like these:

United for Youth/Fight Gone Bad Fundraiser Details

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We have a tradition of running a friendly gym competition of the classic workout "Fight Gone Bad" here at UB, each time raising money for a good cause. As announced last month, UB will be hosting United for Youth for the second time on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.  

Besides being a really fun day in the gym, this is great prep for the CrossFit Open that will be starting just weeks later.  Participation in the event is free for UB members, with an optional donation requested to support the United for Youth fundraiser.

Here's how you can help:

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Spread the word! Use the hashtag #unitedforyouth in any social media posts about the fundraiser or event.

In 2014, UB and other local San Francisco gyms raised $12,000 in support of Westside Athletes Association.  In 2017 the goal of United for Youth is very specific.  WAA has been working with the SF Unified School District to bring a 2-day certified training course to San Francisco. This training will allow SFUSD P.E. teachers to implement functional fitness programs in their schools.  By raising $10,000, 20 teachers can attend this training.

THE WORKOUT:

3 rounds
1 minute at each station
- Wall Balls (20# / 14#)   
- Sumo DL High Pulls (75# / 55#)    
- Box Jumps (20")  
- Push Press (75# / 55#)    
- Row (calories)    
1 minute rest between rounds   
Score is total reps completed

 

WAA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of UB members and coaches including Christopher Comma, Maria McGinley, and coaches Nikki, Jon, Joanna, and Jason.  Their mission is to transform the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.

 

United for Youth/FGB - Save the Date!

With today's WOD being "Tabata Fight Gone Bad," we wanted to give you a SAVE THE DATE message for our (almost) annual Fight Gone Bad fundraising event here at UB. 

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THE DATE: Saturday, February 11

THE WORKOUT: Fight Gone Bad, of course! 

THE EVENT: We call this event "United for Youth," and it's coming to UB for the second time. In 2014, UB and its extended family raised over $10,000 in support of Westside Athletes Association.

THE CAUSE: WAA is funding a Brand X Method certified training course for high school and middle school teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District.

THE GOAL: By raising $10,000, 20 teachers can attend this training.

THE WHY: Well, it's for the kids (duh).  But also a great way to compete.  Whether to prep for the Open in March, or just experience the adrenaline of a competition, this event is for you.

Plus, there are PRIZES! In 2014, WAA solicited sweet prize packages for the top 3 male and female competitors.

THE WHO: YOU! UBers and non-UB CrossFitters are welcome to participate in the event.

We will announce more details for the fundraiser and the event in the coming weeks.

WAA a not-for-profit organization comprised of members sweating right here alongside you in the United Barbell community including Chris C, Jon S, Jason L, Nikki S, Maria M, Joanna G, and others.  Their mission is to transform the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.

 

Burpees for the Kids!

Got thirty seconds to spare? Want to help out a great cause? Looking to test your burpee fitness? The Westside Athletes Association invites you to take the 2016 United for Youth Burpee Challenge!

Here's how it works:

  1. Complete as many burpees as you can in 30 seconds
  2. Invite a friend to take the challenge
  3. Pledge an amount per burpee completed
  4. Donate on their behalf at westsideathletes.com/unitedforyouth

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Wait, what's the Westside Athletes Association again?

WAA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of members sweating right here alongside you in the United Barbell community including Chris C, Jon S, Jason L, Nikki S, Maria M, Joanna G, and others. 

We're dedicated to transforming the lives of teenagers by making functional fitness programs available in local schools, and supporting healthy lifestyle habits.

Why this matters:

Your donations directly benefit San Francisco Unified School District functional fitness programs like Athletic Director Lavinia Lindsay Meeker's After-School Fitness Club.

What are you waiting for? Take the challenge today! Don't forget to tag @westside_athletes and WAA on Facebook with the hashtag #unitedforyouth so we can repost you in action.

The 2016 United For Youth Burpee Challenge will run the entire month of April through Saturday, April 30th.