CrossFit scholarship program announced

The last few days had a lot of news around CrossFit HQ and it looks like we will get even more news about changes to the company and the offers coming from HQ. Today the company announced a scholarship program on their official website and via instagram.

The mission of the CrossFit Scholarship is to spark meaningful health-care changes in underrepresented and underserved communities by providing foundational health and fitness education through free access to the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.

The CrossFit Scholarship Program will launch in Atlanta, Georgia, July 11-12, 2020, at CrossFit Downtown Atlanta with a free Level 1 Course for kids and young adults.

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Nicole Carroll is back at CrossFit HQ

In a surprising move Nicole Carroll is back at CrossFit HQ and the new CEO Eric Roza welcomes here in a post on his account:

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Welcome home, @nicole.carroll!!

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Her own instagram account nicole.carroll is private for now, this is what she wrote:

I am greatly encouraged by the conversations I’ve shared with Eric Roza (@rozaeric) over the last couple of weeks. In fact, with each interaction, I’m filled with ever more optimism. There is hope and healing in the air for the community. There is an authentic commitment to creating a healthy & inclusive company culture, mending relationships, innovating forward, and restoring a sense of pride in the CrossFit name. I want to be part of this future

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CrossFit has a new owner and CEO

This is huge news for CrossFit and the sport: CrossFit will be sold to Eric Roza and he will also step in as CEO for the company. Here is a quote from his official statement:

Since I discovered CrossFit 10 years ago, it has changed my life, and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead CrossFit through its next chapter as CEO and owner, following the closing next month.

https://www.crossfit.com/introducing-eric-roza-incoming-owner-and-ceo-of-crossfit-inc

The official post can be read on the CrossFit homepage and Eric Roza’s instagram:

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Dear CrossFit community, Since I discovered CrossFit 10 years ago, it has changed my life, and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead CrossFit through its next chapter as CEO and owner, following the closing next month. As a box owner and athlete, I’ve experienced CrossFit’s transformative power and the shared bond it creates between people of different races, genders, ages, ethnicities, incomes, educations and physical abilities. That magic, created by our affiliate owners, coaches, and athletes in 158 countries around the world, is real. And I believe it makes the world a better place. In the past weeks, divisive statements and allegations have left many members of our community struggling to reconcile our transformative experiences in the local box with what we’ve been reading online. My view is simple: Racism and sexism are abhorrent and will not be tolerated in CrossFit. We open our arms to everyone, and I will be working hard to rebuild bridges with those whose trust we have lost. I come to you with deep humility and the realization that we have hard work to do. I am committed to listening, I am committed to learning, and I am committed to leading positive change. Most of all, I am committed to CrossFit and to you, as a member of our community. If you are committed to the future of CrossFit and have ideas, I want to hear from you. And if you loved CrossFit, and we lost you along the way, I want to regain your trust and partnership. Please reach out to me at eric@crossfit.com. Eric Roza #committedtocrossfit

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There is also an official statement on the CrossFit twitter account:

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CrossFit Games 2020 postponed

The official twitter account confirmed that the CrossFit Games 2020 are postponed to 17th Aug. 2020:

Interesting point here is the last part: More information will be released next week. What does this mean? More information about the games? About the exact circumstances resulting in the delay?

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Toomey and Vellner win Rogue Invitational 2020

Congratulations to Tia-Clair Toomey and Patrick Vellner for placing first in the Rogue Invitational 2020. Congratulations to the winners!

On the women side the top 3 are

  • Tia-Clair Toomey
  • Sara Sigmundsdottir
  • Kara Saunders

On the mens side the top 3 are

  • Patrick Vellner
  • Björgvin Karl Guđmundsson
  • Noah Ohlsen

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Greg Glassman Retires

Now that is news that maybe nobody really expected: CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman retires and Dave Castro is taking on the role as CEO.

I’m stepping down as CEO of CrossFit, Inc., and I have decided to retire. On Saturday I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members. Since I founded CrossFit 20 years ago, it has become the world’s largest network of gyms. All are aligned in offering an elegant solution to the vexing problem of chronic disease. Creating CrossFit and supporting its affiliates and legions of professional trainers has been a labor of love.

Greg Glassman

Read the full statement on https://www.crossfit.com/greg-glassman-retires

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Another controversial statement of CrossFit CEO

A few days ago it was time again for a controversial statement of CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman:

In the usual convoluted way, there is an update post from the official CrossFit account:

A lot of athletes spoke out against this kind of behavior, like Tia-Clair Toomey, Rich Froning, Noah Ohlsen, Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir for example:

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I wanted to start by saying that I am incredibly saddened, disappointed and frustrated with the actions and words of Crossfit HQ and in particular Greg Glassman. I’m deeply apologetic from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have had to witness this ignorance and the pain it causes. A lack of acknowledgement and empathy for those who are fighting for basic human rights and equality is simply inexcusable and it’s behaviour that we cannot stand for. It has made both Shane and I incredibly ashamed to be a part of an organisation that we have dedicated so much of ourselves to. If it has us angered and disappointed like we are, we couldn’t even begin to imagine how these words and actions affect the extremely diverse global community of crossfitters and supporters who have all dedicated so much time, money and passion to the sport. But this is much bigger than the sport. For those who continue to be dismissive of inequality, you must understand that this is a truly GLOBAL issue and we NO longer can sit idle and do or say nothing. It’s on ALL of us to keep fighting the cause globally until systemic racism and the inhumane treatment of black communities around the globe no longer exists. I said earlier that this issue is much bigger than sport, yet sport and the functional fitness space has a really important part to play. Sport and fitness bring us together and unite us in such a powerful and profound way. I want my platform to drive positivity, unity and the overall message that no matter your skin colour or cultural background, we should all inspire one another to be the best versions of themselves. I want my platform to reflect the values and beliefs of the community I feel most comfortable in, a community that raises up those around them and gives everybody their own individual opportunity to be a champion. My future with Crossfit is unclear and depends on the direction of HQ. I will continue to stand against ignorance and stand alongside those who fight abuse, hatred and racism.

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Armen Hammer tries to collect a list of all athletes and gyms which are discontinuing their relationship with CrossFit HQ on his instagram. There also is a post on reddit with the same goal.

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A running list of athletes choosing to not participate in the 2020 CrossFit Games: @blacksmifff @nohlsen @kristieramo ____ A running list of brands stepping away from CrossFit Inc: @reebok @romwod @nobullproject @roguefitness @fitaid @btwbapp @beam ____ A running list of gyms de-affiliating from CrossFit: @ncfit_collective @crossfitinvictus @linchpinathletics @dekacomp @karhustrength @dogtownsc Terminus CrossFit Collaboration Motown CrossFit South Brooklyn @crossfitaviator @deucegym @12labours @vampersfitness CrossFit Flushing @streamline_fit CrossFit Central ATX @workhardlivefit @cueseattle @bricknewyork @bricklosangeles @crossfitqueens @crossfitunionsquare CrossFit Veni Vidi Vici @6s.fitness @communityunifyroanoke CrossFit RVA @champlaignevalleycf Training Think Tank @deriveathletics @crossfitpolaris @hog_town_fitness @tidalcrossfit @crossfitcentral CrossFit DC @tiltshiftlab @ao_athleticacademy @crossfithorsepower @crossfithighvoltage @crossfit_cove @inversion_west @inversion_yl @inversion_dtlb CrossFit Intensify @pendulum.fitness @resistanceathletics @crossfitforest @crossfitmaumelle @belmontheightsfitness @carouselcrossfit @tectoniccrossfit Q-town CrossFit @polskystrength @immortalfitness CrossFit Edina @guerillafitnessmontclair @paradisocommunity @cf.glendale Hardware Strength and Conditioning @torrance_training_lab @goliath_athletics @westfitnesssantacruz @sofitathletics CrossFit RDU CrossFit Laurel @crossfitspringfield @poundstrong CrossFit Grandview @treelinecrossfit @crossfitdynamix CrossFit Battery @iron.regime @polaris_fit @poweredbymovementchicago @sparkcrossfit @clermontfit.co @subufit @gateway_fitnessobsession @surfsidefit.co @strangestrengthandconditioning Transcona Fitness @crossfit_darkside @crossfitorale @crossfit323 @cfamped ____

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