As most of you know by now, I very rarely do a post on Friday nights. Mostly because what we do on Saturday is up in the air until I see who we have in each of our groups. However, tonight is different.
Earlier this week, as I was talking to Chuck about his back pain that he had at the tail end of last week prior to our big move, he asked if I had any set plans for this weekends 10am WOD. As usual, I said ‘no’ and asked why. Rather than me tell you what he said, I’ll leave the rest of the story up to him:
“I have four younger brothers, of which, Steven is the eldest of the group. While I’ll always be his big brother, Steven will live on in our memories as the toughest and most inspiring person I’ve ever had the privilege to be around. Steven was a special needs child from birth and despite the odds being against him, he spent his 21 years overcoming mental, physical, and societal barriers, serving as a true example of what’s possible with a lot of love and and a “can do” attitude. I’d like to think that I survived 7 deployments in 7 years due to my own strengths, but the reality is, my brother Steven, serving as my inspiration and a reminder of all that we should be thankful for, played the greatest role in me coming back to my friends and family.
Any CrossFit athlete who’s done a Hero WOD knows that the mental and physical anguish they put you through ensures that those who’ve gone unto the breach are not forgotten. It is through this shared sacrifice that we honor them and I can’t think of a better way for CrossFit For Glory to remember Steven than by doing a special WOD on Saturday. Whatever you come up with, my family and I greatly appreciate the extended family at For Glory.
The picture attached to this email is of Steven and I in his early years. While I’m not particularly proud of my hair style or my long white socks, I will always remember those early years spent with him before the real world caught up with the both of us.”
Tomorrow, all of us that come to the 10am class will do a WOD to honor Chuck’s brother Steven. If possible, I would like as MANY of you as can make it. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself advanced, beginner, intermediate…the WOD will be something that EVERYONE is capable of doing! So please, put aside your fears of the 10am class, and come in to show support to a member of the CFG family.