Power Cleans 1-1-1
Tim instructs Ralph and the rest of the group how to catch the bar in the rack position.
It is such an honor to work with the kids we have here and I am thankful every day for the opportunity. Of course, as with anything, some days are better than others and today I got a special reminder of why we do what we do at Steve’s Club. During some down time I was talking to a group of the guys about their history in athletics. Jose was telling me about his experience running distance events on his high school track team and Charlie and the rest were getting into a lively conversation about basketball, both in high school and pick up games played in the neighborhood. Then Jose said something that really hit me hard. He started reminiscing about how much fun it was to play touch football with the kids in the neighborhood before high school and how those days ended when most of the kids his age started dealing drugs. I asked him how those guys were doing now and he told me that most of them ended up in jail and two were killed. While I am aware of the type of environment these guys grow up in, being confronted with it is still jarring from time to time. It filled me with a deep sense of gratitude for my own childhood and overwhelming joy that we can create a place for them to get away from all of that. It wasn’t just that he knew a couple of guys who went down the wrong path; it was the majority of the boys his age. It made the workout today extra special because we had a few new faces and I couldn’t help but consider what they might be doing with their time if they weren’t with us getting crushed by Annie. Then during the warm-up, Keith got his first muscle-up. He has been working on it for weeks now and was proud to right his name on the board in the muscle-up club. It could seem like a small thing but it was just a concrete example of how what we do teaches these kids that hard work and perseverance do pay off. Delayed gratification has fallen out of style in our day and age and Steve’s Club is a place where its merit is showcased on a daily basis. I walked out of Steve’s Club to today with an extra big smile on my face and I will walk in tomorrow thinking about how lucky I am to be a part of it.