On September 24th, MidCoast CrossFit in Old Saybrook, CT participated in a very special WOD (Workout Of the Day) called “Luke”, in support of Lift Up Autism. This is a worldwide “competition for a cause” that seeks to support early diagnosis and treatment of Austism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and shed light on the very real and significant impact Autism places on families and individuals around the world. In 2016, 626 gyms and 7,012 athletes participated, raising $80,433.00. This year it was expected that over 1,000 gyms would participate. “Luke” is a challenging workout, especially when completed as prescribed below. However, all of the movements and weights can be scaled or modified so a wide range of ages and athletic abilities can easily participate. It’s a tough 5 minutes!
“LUKE” Workout Details:
- AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) in 5 minutes
- 4 Power Cleans (155 lb for men/105 lb for women)
- 24 Double-Unders
- 10 Pull-Ups
Pictured here is the Norton Family. Their son Harry has autism and was the guest of honor.
April is Autism Awareness Month and Autism Awareness Day is celebrated each year on April 2nd. It is one of the only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. According to Autism Speaks, Autism now affects over 3 million people in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide.
Awareness months are important and a good reminder for all of us to do our part and take action. However, for this month, its not just about taking action – it’s also about accepting a child or adult for who they are. Awareness and acceptance both require education. 1 and 68 children and 1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with Autism, so chances are, you probably know of or know a child with this disorder, which is why it is important to open up this discussion not only between adults – but also children.
Children should be taught early on to accept and understand people for their differences. This can pertain to being aware of a persons disability but also to accept people for all of the other differences we have, such as skin color, weight, gender, hair color, religion, etc. We need to teach children that being different isn’t a bad thing – it’s actually a very good thing! – and as adults, we need to model respect for everyone around us and embrace our own differences and complexities, so that children will learn to see the value in all people.
Click here to donate to autismspeaks.org.
Need an easy craft to do with your kids to spread awareness? Print out our Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Fuse Bead Pattern!