Evansville, Ind. (WEHT) — Athletes lifted for life in Evansville as they raised weights and awareness for kids all around the country. Nitro Fitness hosted the Bourbon Bench Brawl Weightlifting Competition benefiting HopeKids.
Hope Kids is a charity which aids children with cancer and other life threatening medical conditions. The competition kicked off with a performance from Boom Squad and included dancing, clowns and even a llama. Hillary Clark is a member at the gym and also organized the event. Clark said she was humbled by the opportunity to give back.
“When you meet a family that has a child with a life threatening illness, you can’t turn away,” said Clark. “So many times these families find themselves isolated and alone when they’re going through medical stays in the hospital and surgeries time after time, how can you just turn away from that when you know, even just a moment could make a difference.”
Thirty-two people, young and old, came out to compete. The winners of the overall men and women’s competition were congratulated with medals and a bottle of bourbon. Eric and Crista Schmidt are the owners of Nitro Fitness. They said they couldn’t have hosted the event without the overwhelming support of the community.
“With the outpouring with a lot of the local businesses and the support group, it really offered some things, some people that could come and not only donate and participate but be involved in something great,” said Eric.
Just over $3,500 was raised for HopeKids. Clark said the event was a huge success and that hope is the most powerful medicine there is.
“When you have a child that can look you in the eyes and say ‘I can do something’ even though they’re battling an illness like that, it’s absolutely uplifting,” said Clark.
(This story was originally published on July 6, 2019)