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Adaptive Athletes Participate in CrossFit to Tear Down Stereotypes

Adaptive Athletes Participate in CrossFit to Tear Down Stereotypes

Kevin Reece of KHOU 11 News highlights the second annual WOD for Wheels event at Crossfit EADO pairing able-bodied and adaptive athletes side by side in CrossFit workouts.

More than 100 athletes, a dozen of them limited by debilitating injuries, accidents, or illness, crowded into a CrossFit gym south of downtown Houston Saturday to build muscles and to tear down a few stereotypes at the same time.

CrossFit EADO hosted the second annual WOD for Wheels event pairing able-bodied and adaptive athletes side by side in CrossFit workouts. Organized by Angel Gonzalez and the co-owners of CrossFit ReDefined in Spring, a portion of the entry fees are dedicated to raising funds for adaptive athletic equipment.

“People giving no excuses,” said Gonzalez, a wheelchair athlete himself. “And you know at the end of the day it’s that we want to be on the same playing field and we want to raise the awareness for adaptive athletes.”

Jessie Medina, a U.S. Marine veteran who lost his right leg and part of his left hand to a land mine in Afghanistan, did box jumps on one leg, and donned a prosthetic leg to haul weighted sled across the CrossFit floor.

Krystal Cantu, who lost her right arm in a rollover car crash one year ago near San Antonio, pulled the same sled and displayed what she called her “stubborn determination” in a heavy rope toss.

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Mason Park Needs Your Help to Earn a $20,000 Makeover

Mason Park Needs Your Help to Earn a $20,000 Makeover

You may recall our ask last year to cast your vote to help earn a $20,000 award to the East End's own Ingrando Park. The good news is that you listened, you voted, and thanks to your help, Ingrando Park received funding for new futsal court from a Meet Me at the Park grant. Well the great news keeps coming: the Meet Me at the Park program is back and our very own Mason Park has been nominated for its own $20,000 makeover!

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METRO Releases Transit-Oriented Development Study

METRO Releases Transit-Oriented Development Study

As Houston’s population grows, METRO is also expanding its transit network to meet the region’s transportation needs. More and more residents are seeking walkable neighborhoods with access to transit. The completion of METRO’s Red, Purple, and Green light-rail lines, along with the redesigning of the local bus network in 2015, gives both public and private entities a chance to encourage transit-oriented development that supports walking, biking, and transit use.

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