Playworks To Host Inaugural CrossFit Fundraiser In Honor of School Recess

June 16, 2015

Playworks, a Georgia Shape partner working to put physical activity back into schools, is inviting fitness enthusiasts and athletic teams to put their physical prowess to good use in honor of Georgia’s children.

BTB Fitness, an Atlanta-based CrossFit gym, is partnering with Playworks Georgia for the inaugural Lift to Play Challenge on June 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This fundraising event will bring together CrossFit enthusiasts and community members exercising together to raise money for its programs that give low-income schools increased access to physical activity specialists.

While CrossFit is generally held as a competitive sport, Playworks is inviting teachers, school staff members and Georgia residents of all fitness levels to enjoy this family-friendly event to raise awareness about how physical activity benefits students’ health, behavior, academic performance and even problem-solving skills.

“Our B2B Fitness CrossFit event will allow us to reach individuals who understand the benefits of exercise on a regular basis and share how Playworks does the same for children by using play as a core strategy to increase children's health,” said Ellen McCarty, Georgia executive director, Playworks. “It will also serve as an avenue to build awareness for the importance of recess and to build our base of supporters throughout Georgia. We want everyone to join us in feeling invested in the wellbeing of our students.”

When it comes to creating engaging fitness programming for students, Playworks is leading the way by providing schools unprecedented access to full-time staff members solely focused on the health and wellness of students.

Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the nation that places full-time, trained adults at low-income schools to provide play and physical activity to students throughout the day. The coaches become a part of each school’s unique community, helping to lead and organize games, activities, fitness lessons and after school programs.

The organization also supports leadership development in its students by organizing a Junior Coach program which allows students to take ownership of their school’s physical activity program.

Playworks leaders are not only using their upcoming CrossFit event to highlight the need for physical activity in schools, but also educating event attendees about the diminishing number of schools that continue to maintain recess, particularly among low-income communities.                                               

“We want to increase everyone’s knowledge base that recess is not consistently implemented in elementary schools across Georgia and inspire participants to take an active role in encouraging physical activity programs in their local schools,” McCarty said. “We encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their children's school regarding their policy on recess or support Playworks by becoming a Recess Champion to ensure every child has an opportunity to engage in safe, inclusive and healthy play every day.”

All event participants will receive a commemorative event shirt as well as free admission to Playworks’ Love to Play after party that will take place at the Lost Dog Tavern. The post-event party will continue the celebrations of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle with free food and drinks, as well as an opportunity to win fun prizes, including an Atlanta Falcons jersey.

Teams of four, including educators and beginners, can register to participate in the event for $160. Four scaled competitors can register as a team for $200 as well.

Early bird tickets for Playworks’ Lift to Play Challenge are available now for $15 or will be sold at the door for $20. For more information about Playworks or to register for this event, visit www.playworks.org

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