Steve's Club Blog
A few weeks ago, 30 Steve's Club kids, from across the nation, came together for a Leadership Camp in beautiful Indian Gap, Pennsylvania for a week of fitness, learning and laughter. The kids went through a rigorous application process to be chosen for this life-changing opportunity. They answered questions about their future goals, accomplishments they are most proud of, and their definition of leadership.
"Being a leader is not about being in charge or giving commands," said Caleb from Colorado. "It's about doing the right thing and encouraging others around you to do that too."
The Steve's Club National Program staff led by Steve Liberati, Lee Knight and Tiffany Dalagelis created a week-long itinerary packed with workouts, inspirational guest coaches, and team-building activities focused on problem-solving, communication, and leadership. Guest coaches from around the country flew in to participate and facilitate. Coaches from Local Clubs included Coach Blanco from SC New York City, Coach Rebecca from SC Nashville, and Coach Eric from Unbroken Kids.
Josh Murphy from CrossFit HQ, Tanner Cook, who taught Olympic Weightlifting, Abe Pelton and Drew Kenney of the US Marine Corps, Austin Malleolo and Denise Thomas from Reebok One and CrossFit Seminar staff, Greg Amundson of CrossFit Amundson and Erin Kelly of CrossFit 1Force rounded out the Guest Coach line up.
"There aren't words to explain the impact of Leadership Camp," said Denise. "I wondered what words of wisdom or tools could I offer the kids, but in the end, I received the life lessons. Steve's Club Leadership Camp is the product of tireless effort, constant love and care, and always finding a way to say 'yes' when it would be easy to say 'no.' It's an honor to be invited, and I will always support Steve's Club."
This is the second year for the Leadership Camp. In addition to providing fitness and enrichment activities, the kids had fun too! They went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, played sports and enjoyed campfire activities like singing and making s'mores. The amazing support from our donors and the CrossFit community, as well as the sale of Steve's PaleoGoods, allows us to continue to host this Leadership Camp at no cost to the Steve's Club athletes that are selected. The goal is to expand our reach, and invite more kids to attend next year.
"Everyone has a calling in life," said Ray from Steve's Club Camden. "Steve's Club Leadership Camp showed me anything is possible. Leading others is my true calling."
"This camp experience is a first for many of our kids," said Steve. "It's a place for them to learn and grow, but also a place to relax. Some of the realities of their lives are impossible to imagine. Many aren't safe walking around their own neighborhoods. Steve's Club is a safe environment and an extended family for these kids. Your purchase truly changes lives."
"I'm no longer afraid of being caught up in the streets," Ray added. "I am stronger physically and mentally. Thanks to Steve's Club, I am ready to change the world!"
*Update: check out the video from the 2014 Summer Leadership Camp: