CrossFit and night out will honor 9/11 and Special Operations Forces
September 8, 2015
Fourteen years ago, terrorists attacked the United States and crashed two Boeing 767s into the World Trade Center. A third airliner was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth was also overtaken, but thanks to the courage of the passengers, crashed before it hit the White House.
To remember those events and honor the first responders and the military who have been shipped overseas to fight the war against terrorism, Park City resident and military wife Christina Sudler has organized two events this weekend that will benefit Special Operations Forces and their families.
The first will be a Hero CrossFit Workout of the Day (WOD) with active duty Special Operations Forces at the Park City Sports Complex at 600 Gillmor Way at Quinn’s Junction on Sept. 11.
The second will be a fundraiser at O.P. Rockwell, 268 Main Street, on Sept. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.
Both events will benefit the Green Beret Foundation and the Duskin and Stephens Foundation, according to Sudler.
"We decided to bring these two foundations together because they have similar goals," Sudler told The Park Record. "The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate as well as long-term support to wounded Special Forces soldiers and their families and also provides support to families of those killed in action.
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"The Duskin and Stephens Foundation supports the fallen members of the Special Operations Forces as well, and they also have a special focus on meeting the educational needs of children whose parents have been killed," she said. "The Duskin and Stephens Foundation mission includes community outreach events, and interactive educational and recreational programs."
The idea came about because Sudler, who has lived around the country with her husband, Brian, a member of the Special Operations Forces, has learned that there are communities that have a strong military-family presence and some that have none at all.
"What we also found was that, when invited to do so, so many of our friends and neighbors want to find ways to support and find out about what the soldiers and members of the military go through and ways to help," she said. "So, we thought Park City would be an awesome place to host a workout-related event and a fun Main Street-evening out."
These events are designed to raise awareness that military families still need support.
"We wanted to do this in an easy, fun and inclusive way for everyone," Sudler said.
The WOD will start at 5:30 p.m., and registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is a suggested donation of $20 or more.
AlpenFit, CrossFit Park City, CrossFit Minerstown and Booster Juice will sponsor the workout, which will be held rain or shine.
"I’m not a CrossFit person, but I know that one of the things they do are Hero Workouts and they dedicate these workouts that are spread out over the year to many levels of service people firefighters, police, the military," Sudler said. "These tend to be intense, fun and inspirational."
Booster Juice will provide free smoothies for the first 450 participants and there will be extra T-shirts and hats and other merchandise available.
"We’ll also have an opportunity drawing and are working on the details of that now," Sudler said. "We will also have a guest singer perform the National Anthem and we will observe a moment of silence to honor the events of 9/11."
The party at O.P. Rockwell will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, and admission is a suggested donation of $10 or more.
"Scott Thompson (who oversees operations and special events) at O.P. Rockwell has been so great and generous with his time, efforts and space for this event," Sudler said. "We are planning a casual night of live music, drink specials and some cool merchandise for sale and drawings. We will have Special Forces members in attendance as well.
The money raised will help with scholarships and long-term-care needs of the soldiers.
"We have been blown away by the patriotism and enthusiasm of our Park City neighbors and small-businesses owners and Main Street vendors," Sudler said. "Unfortunately, and realistically, it is just as important as it was 10 years ago to find a way to show that we’re thinking about those who are laying their lives on the line every day."
Two events this weekend will benefit the Green Beret Foundation and the Duskin and Stephens Foundation. The first will be a CrossFit workout at the Park City Sports Complex, 600 Gilmor Way, on Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m., to honor First Sgt. Peter McKenna, who was killed in action on Aug. 7. Registration is a suggested donation of $20.
The second event will be a commemorative fundraiser at O.P. Rockwell, 268 Main St., on Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit http://www.greenberetfoundation.org/upcoming-events or Duskinandstephens.com.
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