To learn about our first year, read below
It was 1 year ago that Wendy took the leap of a lifetime and shared her vision for MissionFit. With your support and encouragement, her dream became a reality and here we are with programs, students, and lives that are making a difference in Baltimore and beyond. Below we will recap our accomplishments and give you a glimpse into where we plan to focus our greatest attention.
The Margaret Brent Students came barreling through our doors, all 27 on the first day. We all warmed up as a team, and then split into groups, moving between stations of strength, mobility, coordination, all while emphasizing the importance of teamwork. For those not on social media channels, lets paint a picture: groups of young athletes, working toward the longest standing jump for bragging rights, while teammates cheer overwhelmingly, or the last 2 students who show their mental toughness by hanging from the bar for a record setting 62 seconds. We could continue to share stories of feats and failures, but truly the magic is in the moment. The most rewarding part of the day with these young athletes was our sharing time followed by a silent minute at the end of each training day.
We brought in The Community School students, and young men from The Living Classrooms Foundation, Fresh Start Program. We have partnered with additional programs: SquashWise, Itineris, and Changing Turn, and every athlete who comes into the gym has progressed in all aspects of fitness, learned about healthy eating and experienced our inclusive community with positive adults.
For every dollar that was generously donated to our programming, we want you to know we purchased healthy snacks-DAILY. We purchased age and ability appropriate equipment that continues to challenge the students. We had heat during the winter months and air conditioning (mostly) over the summer. And each of you made it happen.
Over the next few months we will embark on a fundraising campaign to finance our next project in the gym. Geoff Blake has put together a Professional Development program to benefit Disenfranchised Baltimore Youth ages 18-24. Our goal is to serve between 2 and 7 individuals who have the passion to turn their lives around. We will give them the opportunity to become self- sufficient in the fitness training industry bymentoring them and getting them certified with an industry recognized organization.
From all the trainers, volunteers, advisors, supporters, and even our landlord: The Baltimore Body Shop, THANK YOU. We are elated about the future and our impact on Baltimore’s Youth. We invite you all to stop by, witness the magic, join in for classes, both community and youth. We promise you will be wowed!