Athletes Test Strength to Send Kids To Camp

- AMARILLO - Panhandle athletes at the West Texas Showdown will do some heavy lifting.

"We work up to the fun stuff. Big crazy stuff. It's going to be a fun day," Chris Rosales, one of the event founders said. 

On June 28th, athletes like Rosales will pull trucks and lift hundreds of pounds for a cause with a lot of weight. All the money raised in the first West Texas Showdown Competition will go to Camp Alphie, a summer camp for kids with cancer and their families.

"It's really important for these kids to be around other kids that are going through the same thing that they are because, you know, going to school and just everyday life, they do not get to be around kids that are going through the same thing as them. And also the parents. It's a trying time for the entire family, and that's why we try to keep the entire family involved. And give them a break, even though it's only for a week out of the year," Brenda Chandler, an oncology nurse at Camp Alphie said. 

For one week, Camp Alphie gives sick children and their families a break, and it's all fully funded from donations.

That's why the team at Picture Perfect Fitness decided to test their strength, raising the bar on fitness and fundraising.

"I mean, this is not something we usually do here in Amarillo," Rosales said of the strength competition, "This is something I'm proud to be a part of to bring here."

"Everything we do raise will go to Camp Alphie," Nicole Martinez, Event Treasurer said, "They're going to be lifting things, pulling things, throwing things, the more weight the better."

The more weight and the more competitors, the better.

Sending more kids and their families to camp.

The event is June 28th, and it's free to come out and watch. There will be booths from local businesses, and kids activities on site. There is a cap of 40 competitors.

For more information on the event, including how to sign-up to compete, click here.

For more on Camp Alphie, click here.

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