"Where are all your other friends today?"
"They all went to go fight these other kids, I was supposed to go, but decided to come here instead, I don't need that today but I did need this."
- SCNYC Athlete
Steve's Club NYC started training at-risk kids in May 2011. They took some time to answer a few questions for their local club profile. Check it out!
When did you start training at-risk youth? May 2011
Where do they train? CrossFit Virtuosity (Brooklyn, NY)
How many kids do you work with? About 20, depends on school schedule
How often do you train them? 3x/week
Who are the trainers and admins for your Local Steve's Club program?
Keith Wittenstein, Head Coach
Juan Blanco, Coach
Nicole Grubard, Assistant Coach
Dave Askenase, Assistant Coach
Matt Bernstein, Assistant Coach
Samantha Orme, Admin
How did you get started? How did you find the kids in the community? We started working with a local wrestling program (Beat The Streets Wrestling), then expanded to include some rugby players from a NYC-based inner city program.
What is one of the best or most rewarding experiences you've had so far?
When we went to the stand up paddleboarding event at Rockaway Beach (part of the CrossFit Sport Series), four of the five kids we brought had never been swimming let alone been swimming in the ocean, and three of the five kids Steve had with him had never swum. Within 15 minutes we had every kid swimming like a fish and trying the stand up paddleboarding. You would have never thought that on the car ride over most of them had never swum before!
How have the kids improved through their involvement with Steve's Club, or embodied on of the values of Steve's Club?
After the paddleboarding event we had all the Steve's Club athletes do a workout that involved some swimming. Dave was stationed in the water with several lifeguards. Ray, one of SCNYC's athletes, fell off his board and Dave could see he was struggling in the deeper waters. Dave dove off his board to made sure Ray was safe, and took him into land with the lifeguards. Ray was embarrassed and upset with himself for struggling, but we reminded him how much he had learned and how much better of a swimmer he had become just in one day. Twenty minutes later Ray was asking if he could go back out, and we couldn't get him out of the water the rest of the afternoon. We were really impressed by his perseverance and determination to become a better swimmer. He has shown the same fortitude in the gym trying to become a better athlete every class.
Quotes from the kids:
"All the kids in class are telling me how swole I look!"
"I gotta find a way to do CrossFit everyday, this stuff is awesome!"
"Where are all your other friends today?" "They all went to go fight these other kids, I was supposed to go, but decided to come here instead, I don't need that today but I did need this."
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