CrossFit PTC gives back to veterans

CrossFit PTC takes a break from working a sweat to donate $3,500 to Coco’s Cupboard and Healing4Heroes, which partners veterans with service dogs. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

CrossFit PTC isn’t afraid to sweat for a good cause. The gym recently held their annual Memorial Day Murph workout fundraiser, raising $3,500 to donate to Coco’s Cupboard and their Healing4Heroes program.

The Murph workout is named after Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The workout consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and another 1-mile run. Registration fees, shirt sales, and sponsors make the yearly donations possible.

Healing4Heroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military service members and veterans lead healthy, productive lives by connecting wounded service members, as well as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, with A.D.A compliant service dogs.

CrossFit PTC’s owner Ric Thompson, himself a veteran, understands the benefits of connecting veterans with service animals.

“Every year we try to give to a vet cause, and they provide service dogs to veterans who are in need,” said Thompson. “It all just seemed to fit together perfectly.”

The donation will go a long way towards helping both dogs in need of a home and veterans.

“It means so much,” said Suzanne Aaron with Coco’s Cupboard and Healing 4 Heroes. “It’s going to help us get dogs ready for veterans who really need them.”

According to Andrea Bauer with CrossFit PTC, it is a yearly tradition to give back to veterans, with donations totaling roughly $15,000 and around 100 participants each year.

“We have been doing ‘Murph’ and donating to veteran causes since at least 2012,” she said. “We have donated to Wounded Warrior, Armed Forces Mission, Grow Restored, Coco’s Cupboard, and Healing 4 Heroes.”

Dynamic Spine Center, Peachtree City Acupuncture, Stirling Promotions, M&R Print Solutions, and Greg Bickhart with Thrivent Financial were key sponsors of this year’s event.

CrossFit PTC is located at 303 Kelly Drive, Suites 8 and 9, in Peachtree City.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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