Home Gym – Champions for Change event gives everyone chance to compete
TAMPA, Fla. – Everyone likes a little friendly competition, especially when it means that everyone can take part.
What You Need To Know
- Champions for Change Challege returned for third year
- The event provides children of all abilities a chance to compete
- The differently-abled athletes were paired with typical-abled children and a coach
The Champions for Change Challenge provides a way for kids of all abilities to get a good workout and have some fun. This was the third year for the event, but because of the pandemic it was canceled last year.
For many athletes like 11-year-old Abigail Schaad, it’s a day she’s been looking forward to for a very long time.
“It means a lot to the kids,” Abigail’s dad Mike Schaad said. “They’re very excited to have all that attention on them and all that support.”
Abigail is one of 36 athletes competing. Differently-abled children are paired up with typical-abled children and a coach to take on cross-fit style obstacles. They tackle everything such as bear crawls, burpees, and rope climbs.
Everyone has different abilities, but one thing is the same—they’re all happy to be out having fun.
“Last year was very limiting for us. Abigail has a heart condition so we spent probably a good six months at home last year,” Abigail’s mom Cherie Schaad said.
A lot of the athletes missed out on opportunities.
“The field trips, and the things to get out and be amongst everybody. They were stuck at home,” Mike Schaad said.
“To be able to sweat, to get out that energy, be around other people, and just have them celebrate them as an individual after COVID, there’s no words to describe it,” organizer Sunny Alexander said.
“They want to be just like everybody else, treated like everybody else, and have the same opportunities as everybody else,” Dennis Graves said.
Thanks to events like this, those opportunities can happen for kids like Abigail.
“I think we’re all ready to get back out into the world and I think this is a great example of being able to do that,” Cherie Schaad said.
“She’s having fun so that’s good. It’s a big workout for her so that’s also good. She’ll sleep well tonight,” Mike Schaad said.
The age range for athletes is 6 and older. Coaches offered as much modification as needed to keep the workouts competitive, safe, and fun.
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