These Brooklynites Are Exercising Their Giving Muscles

October 12, 2012

Competitors in CrossFit South Brooklyn's Fight Gone Bad.   

The Competition: For a minute each, throw a 20lb ball at a 10ft target, sumo dead-lift 75lbs, jump on and off a 20in box, push-press 75lbs, row. Repeat three times.

The Cause: Improving the lives of Brooklyn’s 2.5 million people and strengthening its 70 distinct communities.  

The Challenge: Help them raise $25,000 by October 20th!  Each gift that is made up to this goal will be matched 1 to 1 by the leadership of the Brooklyn Community Foundation Board of Directors. 


On Saturday, October 20th, 150 brawny Brooklynites will form 30 teams to compete for the top spot in CrossFit South Brooklyn’s annual Fight Gone Bad. They might seem crazy—but they’re committed to pushing themselves to their physical limits to raise funds that back essential nonprofit work right here in their home communities.  

In September, when they announced that this year’s Fight Gone Bad would benefit the Brooklyn Community Foundation, they set their total fundraising goal at $10,000. We were thrilled then, but we’re even more excited that they’ve exceeded their goal and are well on their way to doubling, if not tripling, the amount!

A team in last year’s Fight Gone Bad flexes pre-competition

 The face of someone giving their all for a great cause.

Last week, the leadership of our Board of Directors issued a challenge to sweeten the pot.  Now we want everyone to get involved.

For every dollar CrossFit South Brooklyn members and our supporters raise over the initial goal, they will personally match it, up to $15,000. 

Which means, if they make it to $25,000, that will be $40,000 in new funds for Brooklyn’s nonprofits—to support great programs and new ideas across our five field of interest funds.  

Have your gift doubled now!   
Back a team, or give to the overall effort, at


“We have blasted through our goal and I am personally humbled by the outpouring of support. So what do we do now? Plow forward like it’s our last set of burpees!”

– CrossFit South Brooklyn Founder David Osorio (pictured above)

When it comes to raising funds for charity, these men and women mean business. CrossFit South Brooklyn came in third in the world in total fundraising among gyms that participated in last year’s international Fight Gone Bad; now that they’ve dedicated their this year’s competition to supporting local organizations, we know they won’t back down.

Thank you, Cross Fit South Brookyn!  Join in the cheering and send your thanks at

If you are interested in watching the event, or in setting up a Brooklyn giving contest or giving day through your business, club, or association, please contact Alex Villari at or 718- 246-6886.

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