NATICK – There are 2.5 million homeless children in America with the average age of a shelter resident being 9-years old.
Of the 3,600 families across Massachusetts who live in shelters, the children rarely have adequate space to play.
Kettlebells4kids is a Massachusetts-based, non-profit that constructs playgrounds for homeless shelters nationwide. They bring active play space, fitness equipment and healthy programs to homeless children
living in shelters. These playgrounds help to build healthy, confident children in an otherwise stressful and strict environment. Funds raised in Massachusetts stay here to support shelters in the local community
closest to the gym where the money was raised.
In addition to choosing kettlebells4kids as their beneficiary of their 6-week fitness challenge throughout their network of 42 personal training studios, Get In Shape For Women is opening its doors to men and children for a one-day fitness challenge to raise money for the non-profit.
Get In Shape For Women’s CEO Brian Cook chose a 9-minute workout to honor the average age of a homeless shelter resident, creating a challenging mix of kettlebell swings and burpees. Everyone is welcome to test their strength and fitness with the challenge or cheer on a friend or trainer.
WHAT: 9 Minutes for 9-Year Olds
WHO: Get In Shape For Women & kettlebells4kids
WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd / anytime from 8 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Get In Shape For Women / 117 West Center Street, Natick, MA 01760
HOW: Sign up at local Get In Shape For Women studios or come in on the 23rd
DONATE: Donations and pledges for specific participants can be made at:
Get In Shape For Women studios participating in the 9-minute challenge include: Natick, Newtonville, Marblehead, Porter Square, Andover, Billerica, Burlington, Sudbury and Shrewsbury.