Athletes in Amarillo are breaking a sweat to help children overseas.
Today, people used a cross fit competition to raise money for a children’s home more than 8500 miles away.
Muscles were strained and minds were challenged as members of CrossFit 806 competed in the gym’s first in-house competition.
Kyle Cato says, “We opened the gym six years ago, it was just something that was introduced to us, me and a couple of buddies. We just had the bright idea that if it’s working for us, we just saw one of our friends lose about 100 pounds, so we were like, ‘This could work for more people.'”
And, it was all for a good cause, raising money for an orphanage in Uganda.
Melissa Albracht, one of the event directors says, “Kyle came up with the idea of the competition. Our group Sweet Dreams, we’ve had a couple of different fundraisers over the last several years and tried to help the orphanage. the most recent thing that we have done is purchase land for the orphanage.”
For Kyle and Cayla Cato, the directors of CrossFit 806, this event hits very close to home.
Cayla Cato says, “After we got married, whenever we wanted to start a family, we decided to adopt and we used Little Miracles and they had a program in Uganda that we went through. It took us two years to adopt Jeremiah.”
The event directors say events like these are going toward a lot of big projects for the orphanage.
Albracht says, “They currently rent their facility and it’s a bit dilapidated. Our long term goal is to build an orphanage on the new land along with a medical facility and a school.”