PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Several CrossFit members from across the region gathered at the Panama City CrossFit site Saturday for a fundraising workout to fight sex trafficking.
“What they’ve done is they’ve created a workout that people are giving money to get involved in. Which goes towards Change Unchained,” said Troy Ulshoeffer, founder of Change Unchained.
Change Unchained is a non-profit organization that works to help trafficked children reunite with their families.
“We are working with law enforcement to perform search and rescue operations for missing, exploited and trafficked persons across the country,” Ulshoeffer said.
The benefits of CrossFit training benefit the organization by enabling them to provide small homes. The homes are on a 21 acre parcel of land on the Gulf Coast.
“In this small village of homes, we will allow survivors to stay there temporarily while they get back on their feet and deal with the healing process with professionals and things of that nature,” Ulshoeffer said.
One participant explained what it meant to train for a new reason.
“It definitely adds a whole new element to practicing a workout. It’s really cool that each of the numbers and repeat patterns and time domains. They were all something important,” said Kassidy Kuykendall.
For Ulshoeffer, there’s a takeaway he hopes for everyone; especially the parents left with the event.
“Be evasive with your children, don’t be your child’s friend. Make sure it’s about the devices they interact with and their online activity. You have to watch that and even if your kid gets upset, in the long run it will be worth it, I promise,” Ulshoeffer said.
For those interested in getting involved with the organization, whether through donations or volunteering, visit their website or call 855-262-2228.
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