Pathways Bright Space Opens in Partnership with kettlebells4kids and CrossFit New England
Our newest Bright Space recently opened in the South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s Pathways Family Shelter in Massachusetts. The Bright Space was the result of a partnership between kettlebells4kids, an organization that raises awareness and funds to support the growing issue of child homelessness in the U.S., and CrossFit New England. Each year, together with The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, kettlebells4kids allocates funds to shelters in states where the money is raised.
More than 20 volunteers from all three agencies worked over three days to help prep the room, paint the walls, install new storage units, and stock the room with all new furniture and toys.
“We can have up to 14 families staying at the emergency shelter,” said Pathways Director Kimberley Hicks. “That means on average we have 13-20 children staying here, and up until now, they have had no indoor play space. We have a very nice play area outside which is very popular with the children in the good weather, but this play space will be invaluable when the weather forces them inside.”
“We were able to raise more than $10,000 to use in our community toward programs that help homeless children in Massachusetts,” said Bridget Riley, charity manager at CrossFit New England in Natick. “We then partnered with The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to find a location to create a Bright Space. We were introduced to the Pathways Family Shelter – a place that we agreed could really use a great space for the children to play, learn, and have fun.”
Owens explained that kettlebells4kids hosted its 2nd annual charity workout last year, and CrossFit New England was their top fundraiser. “Our long term plan is to introduce gym owners and their members to local homeless family shelters to support active play and fitness programs,” Owens said.
“We believe the power of fitness has the potential to build strong, confident children and create healthy, successful communities,” she said.