Iron Tribe is strongly committed to giving back to the community and enriching the lives of those who can’t help themselves.
Our commitment and goal is to offer more life to those who are hurting.
Our mission statement is "To teach and support healthy lifestyles, be a leader in results based fitness, and encourage fellowship within our global community.”
As we reflect on 2010 and 2011, Iron Tribe's first two years in business, there are so many reasons to be proud... But the number one thing that stands out, is the more than $80,000 that we have raised for charity, and the direct impact that it has made on God's kingdom.
Let me just briefly touch on what our Tribe has accomplished, to touch the hearts and lives of the less fortunate, the downtrodden and of course our servicemen and women who sacrifice their all for us everyday!
Workout for Water
In February 2010, after just being open a few weeks, we had 30 Tribe athletes show up and go through our first "Workout For Water" event where we raised $1,600 to drill a new well in Haiti through Neverthirst. The workout involved big yellow Jerry Cans (what most third world countries use to collect and transport water) and was an AMGAP – "As Many Gallons As Possible!" We even had one of our friends from Sudan at the event talking about how much a water well can change an entire village. It was an awesome event and the hurting nation of Haiti received a well to help them with one of life’s most basic necessities.
Watch the innaugural Workout for Water video below…
The "Fight Gone Bad" WOD For Water
We had the opportunity to take one of the most dreaded benchmark workouts called Fight Gone Bad and use it to raise funds and actually “Adopt-A-Village” in Sudan and provide them with a water well. Our Tribe came together and pushed and strived for PR’s all the while raising just enough money ($4,000) to provide our very own Iron Tribe village in Sudan a water well that will supply 500 people clean water for 20 years!
The Neverthirst team just returned from Sudan where they had the opportunity to visit the Iron Tribe adopted village of Miri-Kalanga. I want to introduce you to two beautiful girls who reside in Miri-Kalanga and whose lives have been forever changed by your generosity.
Joy and Sabina no longer have to carry these 40 pound jerry cans several miles a day to
fetch contaminated water thanks to the Tribe!
This is Joy and Sabina and they live and go to school right beside the new Iron Tribe provided well. They were walking several miles to get contaminated water for their families which was not only consuming several hours a day but was also making them sick. But that has all changed now that the well that Iron Tribe provided is so close to where the live and go to school! The pastor for the church is Coffee who I had the privilege of meeting when I went to Sudan in 2008 and the well sits between the school and the church. One of the best things about the location of this village is that it is right next to the dirt airstrip where our Neverthirst team lands when we visit. This means that every time we travel we can continue to get updates and testimonials from the very people we have provided the gift of clean drinking water!
I assure you Tribe, Joy and Sabina and all the people of Miri-Kalanga are so appreciative of all of your sweat and hard work to suffer through Fight Gone Bad so that they can now have access to clean drinking water for the next 20 years. And because Neverthirst works through the local church these very same people will also have the opportunity to discover the Living Water that is found in the truth of Jesus Christ.
As mentioned above, our second WOD For Water event took place in the Fall of 2011 and raised enough for two "Adopt-A-Village" projects with Neverthirst. This is all a testament to the Tribe athletes' undying dedication to our core value of "Giving Back," and is proof that we can truly make an impact on The Kingdom!
While these innaugural events took place in the spring and fall of 2010, they ultimately gave way to our WOD For Water event that took place in the Fall of 2011, raising more than $35,000 to help participate in two of Neverthirst's Adpot-A-Village programs!
WOD For Warriors
In May 2010, we had our first annual Pushups for Charity event that benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project. Our Iron Tribe athletes raised support for each pushup completed in 90 seconds and every dollar went straight to the WWP to support our wounded service men and women! It was such an incredibe atmosphere as pushup PR’s were set left and right and when we finally added up all of the money raised we realized that we had eclipsed our goal of $10,000! We even had a wounded veteran with us to talk about the wonderful work that the Wounded Warrior Project does to help our military.
However, in April 2011, we teamed up with Team Red, White & Blue, to run an event that would be deemed "WOD For Warriors," which has now become a nationwide event that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for our wounded & fallen soldiers, and their families.
The first ever "WOD For Warriors," took place at our Iron Tribe 280 location and raised more than $30,000 for our wounded or fallen troops, and their families. Check out this awesome video from the event!