In the process of organizing donations and supplies for Operation Iron Cross, Dallas and I began to brainstorm things we could take over with us that would make a difference to the soldiers of the 7SFG. CrossFit equipment was a given, since we're hoping to get about 100 people through the certifications, but we wanted to get a little more creative and think outside the gymnastics box. Given the nutrition focus here on the blog and in our nutritional counseling practice, we thought about how we could help the 7FSG Eat Good Food. And I immediately thought back to my conversations with Karl Schirrmacher, a Staff Soldier in the Army deployed in Iraq. In "Karl's story", he talked about being stationed overseas, and the limitations he had to work around when trying to complete his Whole30 program.
All of which led us to the conclusion, "We need to bring some Good Food over to these guys", and the creation of the Whole30 Sponsor a Soldier program.
Enter Steve's Club, a non-profit organization offering young athletes (and non-athletes) of Camden, NJ world-class coaching, community and training techniques used by elite and professional athletes worldwide to help strengthen the foundation of our future. (You can read more about Steve's Club in this free CrossFit Journal article.) Steve's Club is the creator of Paleokits, portable, high quality, delicious Paleo food (jerky, dried fruit and nuts) in perfect Zone proportions. And founder Steve Liberati was more than willing to take time out of his own charitable efforts to help our cause.
We'd like to bring 500 Paleokits to Afghanistan. Steve's Club is going to donate one Paleokit for every four purchased, but we need your help to make this happen.
We've set up a PayPal link for donations. You can donate as little as $5 to purchase one Paleokit for an active duty soldier. Send $20, and Steve's club will donate an extra kit on your behalf. If you're an affiliate or larger organization, you can sponsor an entire certification's sustenance at snack time. Go as big as you can - but every single dollar helps.
Now, let's chat for a minute.
I haven't ever asked my blog audience for anything. I write, you read, we have a good time, and things are easy. I don't inundate you with ads, I don't push products or services on you, and I've certainly never asked you for money. Today, I'm asking. This is important to me, to Dallas, and to this CrossFit operation. This is especially important to the men and women serving our country in one of the most dangerous and unstable areas in the world. So today, I'm asking.
Donate via this link. I'll be updating you daily as to our efforts, and keeping track of each and every person, affiliate and group who contributes to the cause. And on behalf of me, and the Whole30 program, and Dallas, and the soldiers... THANK YOU.