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Row-raiser benefits Special Olympics Catawba County

row-raiserWhat do CrossFit and Special Olympics have in common? Besides their focus on athletic training and competition, both CrossFit and Special Olympics North Carolina believe in community and inclusivity. Those shared traits were seen when CrossFit Catawba Valley and Special Olympics Catawba County came together for an event on August 28.

CrossFit Catawba Valley hosted a row-raiser at LP Frans Stadium that benefitted Special Olympics Catawba County. Nearly 150 rowers competed in teams to complete a rowing marathon of 42,195 meters. Athletes from the program came to show their support of the rowers, and some even practiced rowing themselves.

The row-raiser exceeded the $5,000 goal set by raising more than $7,000. The money raised will benefit over 300 athletes in Catawba County for year-round Special Olympics sports programs. Local program coordinator Lisa Carroll was excited by the community turnout and hopes to continue with the row-raiser in the future.

“For myself, volunteers and coaches, the success of the event will lead to so much more we can do for Special Olympics in our community,” explained Carroll.

Congratulations on a successful event, Catawba County!

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