Fundraiser for At-Risk Youth: Results

September 22, 2019
Greg Carver
cops and kids

Once again, the StrengthBox Challenge was a big success, even better than last year.

The competition attracted community members and a few participants from within Toronto Police Service. Beyond the competition, people really got behind the cause itself. We even had a few officers from Toronto Police Service present to assist with community engagement and judging.

Women’s Open Winners (Jennifer in 1st, Krista in 2nd, Amber in 3rd)
Mens Open Winners (Gus in 1st, Colin in 2nd, Yoni in 3rd)

Thank you to all who participated. And a huge thank you to those who donated money to this worthwhile cause.

Together, we raised over $5,100 for programs aimed to improve the lives of at-risk youth.

Presenting the cheque to ProAction at 55 Division are (left to right) StrengthBox founder and Auxiliary Officer Greg Carver, S/Sgt James Hung, Inspector Liz Benoit, ProAction Executive Director Jean Milligan, Superintendent Dave Rydzik and Sgt Jesse Weeks together with his son.

That’s more than a 60% increase in funding over last year, and it will make a substantial impact.

There were 3 events in this year’s StrengthBox Challenge:

  • Kettlebell Get-Up (max weight, 3 attempts)
  • Flex-Arm Hang (max time)
  • Pursuit Course (fastest time)

And here are the final results:

Womens Open Results

All the money raised will go towards skill-building and mentoring programs that involve police and young people in some of our challenged communities. I truly believe in this cause as the ProAction Cops & Kids program engages police officers and youth in healthy social activities where they build mutual respect and teamwork skills.

I have had the opportunity to work with some of the young people and can honestly say that I was moved by some of their stories. Those who feel that their opportunities are limited are given new sense of hope and a chance to better their lives.

Here are some pictures from the fundraising event (all photos courtesy of Tyler Sarry):

sled drag
Sled pull
Turkish Getup
Flex Arm Hang
Sled Pulling
Pursuit Course
Pursuit Course
Obstacle Course