(MINOT, ND) – North Plains CrossFit will join gyms and athletes around the world in supporting a fund raising event for autism. The event, called ‘Lift Up Autism,’ is scheduled Saturday, September 23rd, at the North Plains CrossFit center at the Minot Family YMCA.
Lift Up Autism was started in 2013 by Josh Everett, a CrossFit enthusiast, who sought to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder after his son Luke was diagnosed with the condition. He called the event Lift Up Luke. Since then it has been renamed and has grown into a worldwide campaign supporting early diagnosis and treatment of autism.
The way it works is that gyms sign up as a hosting site, and individual athletes are invited to register to participate in the specially prescribed workouts. The event raises money thru donations and t-shirt sales, but there is no cost requirement other than participating in the workout.
Last year over 7,000 athletes participated in Lift Up Autism, with more than $80,000 raised.