CrossFit is a powerful tool for change. As leaders in the CrossFit community we know we have the ability to change lives and we take that role very seriously. At All Level CrossFit, we have partnered with the Chasing Hazel Foundation for the past 5 years to start a fully inclusive Adaptive Athlete program that highlights the power of the CrossFit community to break down barriers. An athlete is an athlete, and sharing tough work outs, laughs and high fives lifts everyone up. This year we are asking fellow CrossFit gyms to join us in celebrating inclusion by performing our World Down Syndrome Day WOD “Double Down”.
“Double Down” is:
AMRAP 11 mins:
3 clean & jerks (225/155)
21 air squats
47 double unders
The significance of each number is as follows:
11--the age of Hazel from the Chasing Hazel Foundation
3--the third or extra chromosome that those with Down Syndrome carry
21--the location of the extra chromosome
47--the total of number of chromosomes for people with Down Syndrome.
This is an easily scalable and modifiable WOD so that anyone can do it. We are including a complete lesson plan so it is ready to go for gyms to add to their programming.
Please make sure to promote the event and have everyone “Rock their funky socks” in support of WDSD.
What is WDSD?
WDSD exists to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome by choosing activities that show support and awareness to those individuals. Rocking Socks has become and easy, attainable and VERY visual way to demonstrate this support around the globe. This movement is seeking to share what it IS to have Down syndrome - something to be celebrated. It’s a day of advocating for the inclusion, respect and understanding that individuals with Down syndrome have a great deal to offer their communities. This day occurs on the 21st day of the 3rd month because we celebrate the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome which is what leads to Down syndrome.
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At CHF we:
Advocate for inclusion on all levels and compassion as a means to strengthen our community as a whole. We have a vision for the future to be a more accepting place where potential is highlighted, differences are celebrated and the uniqueness of each individual person is respected and appreciated.
We personally have been celebrating this day for 10 years. It has evolved over the years from quiet days at home to a movement that seems to be taking off in our community. MANY MANY schools, offices, various places in the community have recognized this day as relevant. Over the last couple of years the City of Windsor has had an official proclamation of this day, at our request. The Mayor even rocked his socks a couple years back!
Please join us in celebrating the ability, value, and worth individuals with Down syndrome bring to our lives on WDSD 2023.