Help us fund 'scholarships' for veterans to CrossFit boxes and improve the lives of vets!
Who We Are:
Johnny America provides scholarships to veterans for membership at local CrossFit affiliates.
Why We're Here:
During their time in the military, service members are at their peak of physical fitness and experience a camaraderie and brotherhood of support. Both are necessary in maintaining personal health and are almost immediately lost once that service member returns to civilian life. The suicide rate among veterans is estimated to be around 22 a day. Veterans face significant hurdles to accessing adequate mental health services, such as a backlog of more than 800,000 cases at the VA and a lack of awareness of what services are available to them. Additionally, the obesity rate in the United States is at an all-time high and veterans are not immune to its related health problems.
At Johnny America, we aim to combat these mental and physical health issues by empowering veterans to take control of their health through providing 'scholarships' to local CrossFit affiliates. CrossFit provides veterans an environment they have been missing since leaving the military; one that challenges them physically and is supportive emotionally.
By reaching our tipping point, we will be able to establish ourselves as a formal non-profit, which will help us serve more veterans by providing local and national groups and organizations another incentive to donate to our cause. Also, by reaching our tipping point, we will be able to order our first round of Johnny America T-Shirts, the sales of which will enable us to start providing scholarships to veterans who are ready to take control of their health.
Any money raised after reaching our tipping point will go towards spreading the word about Johnny America's cause, letting local veterans know about this new service available to them through local events, and finally, will provide us the opportunity to start funding our CrossFit scholarships.