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Adaptive Athletes Participate in CrossFit to Tear Down Stereotypes

Adaptive Athletes Participate in CrossFit to Tear Down Stereotypes

Kevin Reece of KHOU 11 News highlights the second annual WOD for Wheels event at Crossfit EADO pairing able-bodied and adaptive athletes side by side in CrossFit workouts.

More than 100 athletes, a dozen of them limited by debilitating injuries, accidents, or illness, crowded into a CrossFit gym south of downtown Houston Saturday to build muscles and to tear down a few stereotypes at the same time.

CrossFit EADO hosted the second annual WOD for Wheels event pairing able-bodied and adaptive athletes side by side in CrossFit workouts. Organized by Angel Gonzalez and the co-owners of CrossFit ReDefined in Spring, a portion of the entry fees are dedicated to raising funds for adaptive athletic equipment.

“People giving no excuses,” said Gonzalez, a wheelchair athlete himself. “And you know at the end of the day it’s that we want to be on the same playing field and we want to raise the awareness for adaptive athletes.”

Jessie Medina, a U.S. Marine veteran who lost his right leg and part of his left hand to a land mine in Afghanistan, did box jumps on one leg, and donned a prosthetic leg to haul weighted sled across the CrossFit floor.

Krystal Cantu, who lost her right arm in a rollover car crash one year ago near San Antonio, pulled the same sled and displayed what she called her “stubborn determination” in a heavy rope toss.

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NPR: Massive Mural Of Underwater Sea Life Pops Up In The East End

NPR: Massive Mural Of Underwater Sea Life Pops Up In The East End

Tomeka Weatherspoon, Houston Public Media, December 11, 2017 East End community groups and artists gathered to unveil a new large-scale mural. It’s a wall of underwater sea creatures not far from the city docks. “It was a year of planning,” said Veronica Gorczynski of the Greater East End Management District. Her group supports efforts to beautify the area. “We had over 300 people over 2 weekends — that includes a Saturday and a Sunday just cleaning up the site.” “If residents aren’t coming out and walking their neighborhood, we have to ask ourselves why.” said Gorczynski.

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Barrio Dogs Celebrates 5 Years of Work in Houston's East End

Barrio Dogs Celebrates 5 Years of Work in Houston's East End

Community volunteers from across Houston are busy preparing for Barrio Dogs’ 5th anniversary celebration which will take place Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road, Houston, TX. The event is open to the public and features live music, food and a silent auction fundraiser. This year’s guest speaker…

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