Steve's Club Denver seeks to provide a network through which at-risk or underserved youth of any socioeconomic background can join in the CrossFit Community at a reduced, low or no cost structure.
• Integrity: Do the right thing
• Respect: Treat everyone well, play fairly
• Improvement: Keep learning, growing, and getting better everyday
• Teamwork: Help each other, cooperate, be loyal to the group
• Support: Encourage and motivate others
• Positivity: Have a good attitude, rebound from challenges, believe that you can
• Discipline: Work hard, be dedicated, commit to excellence
• Character: Strive to be the best you can be
• Community: Give back, be a good role model, inspire others
Steve's Club Denver currently works with kids and teens in the immediate neighborhood, as well as those in residential treatment with the Third Way Centers. Our workouts take place at Project Rise Fitness (a CrossFit gym), CrossFit Broadway, as well as the Lowry campus of Third Way. At the Broadway and Lowry locations, we work with Third Way kids exclusively, holding small classes of 8 to 10 teens who are all higher risk (e.g., have experienced some form of abuse, have no home to return to, or have significant mental health concerns). Our hope is to follow kids from the locked facility (Lowry), to their residential treatment center (workouts at Broadway), to their first apartment when they emancipate through the Third Way program. We have successfully engaged 6 students who moved from Lowry workouts to Broadway workouts thus far. Our goal is to facilitate a workout habit in all who participate.
At Project Rise Fitness, in collaboration with the Hope Online Learning Academy (K-12), we typically have 20 to 30 students per class. In all, Steve's Club Denver serves approximately 40 to 55 students per week, Some of them receiving 2 to 3 workouts in a week. Our estimated number of encounters is 60 to 80 per week.
Other components of our existing program include mentorship and nutrition. Although these aspects have been slower to develop than the workouts, several students and adults have interest in pursuing mentor relationships that extend beyond the gym. Nutritional education is scheduled to start later in October with a registered nutritional therapist.