You have probably hear about the Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch Event that Rich Froning is putting on.
If you haven’t here is a great article by Kim Driver and a quick Video about the event.
STRENGTH TO OVERCOME
Article by Kim Driver
Strength to overcome.
Isn’t that what CrossFit is all about? Workouts that will test strength and endurance across broad time and modal domains. Athletes train to be ready for anything that is thrown at them. So what does this philosophy have to do with a childrens’ home. That is what many people have wondered when they hear that Rich Froning Jr. is hosting his first annual fitness Competition, Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch. What could the two possibly have in common?
In more ways than one, the answer is STRENGTH. For those who have been involved in CrossFit for any length of time, or even for those who have just recently caught on, strength is a familiar word. Each workout heavily relies on individual strength among other things to complete. At CrossFit affiliates across the nation, the athletes wait anxiously to see the WOD (Workout of the Day) each day. Anything can be thrown at them; chest-to-bar pull-ups, overhead squats, handstand pushups, and athletes rely on their training, skills, and strength to complete the WODs and move on to the next one. All the while, athletes at any level are mastering new skills, improving time, and building strength to take on any challenge thrown at them. The community that develops from this hard work is unparalleled. Just Google “CrossFit Journal” and you will read article upon article about wayward souls, people who are lost, shot down by the hardships of life; then they walk in a CrossFit gym, and things change. Each story is different, but individuals are finding a new strength and community in many of the 9000 CrossFit Affiliate gyms across the world. So the strength is two-fold: Physical Strength and Relational strength – Community.
Mustard Seed Ranch is a home and an interdenominational Christian ministry for children from the ages of 5-17. These children have experienced abuse, neglect, or come from homes of drug addiction. Each child comes in need of a healthy family environment. They sometimes have been through more than most of people face in a lifetime, and Mustard Seed Ranch is ready and waiting to provide spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social development. The Mustard Seed Ranch partners with many sponsors and families to promote hope and healing through the love of Christ. Their hope is to reintegrate healthy, young, strong Christian individuals into society who are equipped to make a positive impact on the world.
So just like CrossFit, Mustard Seed Ranch helps to build strength: strength to face life and all its troubles, strength to handle the unknown; the hardships no one knows are coming, strength to overcome those hardships when they do. It can be said best by Tammy Depperschmidt, the Director of Mustard Seed Ranch, “We are raising many kids who have had so many tragic things happen to them and most of them all before the age of 15. We tell them that life is unpredictable and difficult. That this is a fundamental truth we all must learn to accept. In that acceptance, lies strength. The moment you think you’ve got the hang of how it all works, the very instant you have figured it all out, life changes. The strength to overcome the challenges posed by life lies within themselves. So at Mustard Seed Ranch, we are trying to help prepare these kids for life, to cultivate strong individuals who do not give up, and are ready for every challenge.”
Rich Froning Jr.’s Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch Fitness Competition is a three-man same-sex team competition that will be held on Saturday, April 12th from 9am to 4pm at Hyder Burks Pavilion in Cookeville, TN. A VIP Dinner will be held Friday, April 11th at Mustard Seed Ranch for those who would like to monetarily support Mustard Seed Ranch, and meet Rich Froning Jr. and a few other elite athletes who will be competing in this event. Spectator tickets, VIP Dinner Tickets, as well as Team Competitor tickets can be purchased at http://mayhemformsr.eventbrite.com or at the door. Spectator Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for kids. On Saturday, There will be food vendors on site, as well as merchandise vendors from all over the U.S. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, and Third Place teams for both genders. Sponsors for this event include Roland Advertising, Reebok, Advocare, Rogue Fitness, Wodify.
Come out and support Mustard Seed Ranch and the Fittest Man on Earth and his teammates! You do not want to miss this event; it will be a fun-filled day for a great cause!