Hey all!! In June, Vinny and I are going to be competing in the Women's Strength Coalition's "Pull for Pride" event, and are looking to raise money to support the Sunburst Youth Housing Program in San Diego.
At the event, lifters/fundraisers will take turns deadlifting progressively higher weights, aiming to match dollar for pound to help lift up these often-unnoticed homeless youth. Collectively, Vinny and I are looking to lift 1,200+ lbs collectively - and it would be AWESOME if we could math dollar for pound on that goal!
Where $1,200+ would go: The Sunburst Youth Housing Program
The Sunburst Youth Housing Program is an innovative youth supportive housing project that is one of the first of its kind in the United States. Run by The Center San Diego, The Youth Housing Project provides affordable, supportive housing for youth between 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBTQ and HIV+ youth. These high-risk youth were living in the streets or in public spaces after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego at 1640 Broadway, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. The facility is wheelchair accessible and contains two units that have been retrofitted to accommodate persons in wheelchairs.
About Women's Strength Coalition (Organizer):
Their mission is to build stronger communities through increased access to strength training. They envision a world where everyone has equal opportunity to express their voice and embrace their power.
About Pull for Pride (Event):
The deadlift, for the uninitiated, involves stepping up behind a loaded barbell, grasping the bar, standing up with the weight, and setting it back down on the ground. It is a simple lift that is imbued with meaning: coming forward to face a challenge, and succeeding through the simple mechanism of one’s own strength. In accordance with their mission of using our collective strength to benefit the world in a meaningful way, The Women’s Strength Coalition’s June 2018 Pull for Pride Fundraiser will benefit select organizations that provide direct support to LGBTQ youth struggling with homelessness.