Urban Perform Benefit WOD

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This Holiday Season, Urban Perform has teamed up with several CrossFit gyms around Atlanta to help Give the Gift of Health to our community! Check out the list below to see if your gym is participating and sign up to complete the Urban Perform Benefit WOD!

When: Weekend of December 17-18th

Where: CrossFit Midtown, CrossFit Conyers, Venture CrossFit

Cost: Suggested donation of $25 to Urban Perform

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WOD:               13 min AMRAP

35x Wall-balls (20/14) to 10’ target

12x Burpee Box Jumps to (24”/20”)

6x Power Cleans (172/125)

 

Score is total rounds + reps

Scaling options:

*Scale wall ball weight to (14/10) and/or to 9’ target

*Scale height of box as applicable

*Scale power clean weight (L2: 135/95, L1: 95/65)

 

This WOD was created to serve as a charity event to benefit Urban Perform, a small non-profit on the west side of Atlanta who provides fitness and wellness programming to the underserved communities in the 30314 and 30318 zip codes. In these areas, there is a 13-year life expectancy gap as compared with the 7 zip codes comprising the Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta. Additionally, the obesity rate in our community can reach as high as 35%, and is only poised to climb due to lack of affordable and accessible fitness and nutrition options. Urban Perform was founded in 2012 when our neighbors asked for a safe and affordable place to exercise. Since then, Urban Perform has grown to serve the Vine City, English Avenue, and Washington Park neighborhoods providing gym access to adults and kids alike, hosting mobile youth programs, and helping members lose over 172 lbs. last year! Our vision is to demolish “fitness deserts” one community at a time by making exercise and wellness accessible, affordable, and safe.

Give the Gift of Health

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 $40k in One Day! 

Help Make Exercise a reality for 800 families 

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 $50 provides a one month family membership!

 

 

UP 2016

Curious about what we do and how it impacts our community? Check out our new video!

Call to Action!

 November 14th, 2016

Dear friends,

We want to share with you about Urban Perform. On the surface, Urban Perform is a non-profit fitness and wellness organization (501c3) that offers both youth programming and a gym space for the Westside Atlanta communities of Vine City, English Avenue, and Washington Park. But deep down, Urban Perform is so much more than that.

We are the only fitness institution in a community with one of the highest crime rates in the city (Zone 1) and low socio-economic status (median household income of $22,474). These majority African American neighborhoods (96%) have a higher rate of chronic diseases and obesity than the rest of the city, and the lowest life expectancy (by as much as 13 years) in metro Atlanta.

Crime, poverty and lack of transportation and walkability create barriers to physical activity, as does limited social support and perceptions of judgment by others when exercising.  Our neighborhoods are often ignored and misconstrued as a desolate. These communities are steeped with history and life and culture waiting to be re-awakened. This community is where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. chose to come back to during his work in the civil rights movement, where countless artists and leaders have emerged, and where there is much untapped potential.

Another challenge the community faces is a lack of healthy nutrition and fitness options within reasonable reach. Aside from corner stores and fast food, there is one Walmart. Urban Perform is the only fitness facility in the community (in more affluent communities, like Buckhead, there are over 54 full-service gym options, which does not include boutique fitness studios).

Urban Perform was founded in 2012 because the community asked for a safe place to exercise. They wanted to have a safe place to work out and take care of themselves. The local YMCA had proved too costly for the community and closed down, leaving behind yet another blighted building. By serving this community through fitness and wellness, Urban Perform’s goal is to strengthen (both figuratively and literally) our community and give them both the confidence as well as the physical capacity to better themselves and those around them.

Our mission is to create health conscious changes for families in underserved communities by making fitness and nutrition both accessible and affordable. Our vision is to demolish “fitness deserts” one neighborhood at a time. Our current space in Vine City is now a beautiful reflection of our vibrant community. We took a blighted building and turned it into a hub of community activity and fitness, where members can come and participate for only $2 a day or $15 a month, bringing their kids with them to play on our basketball court and to engage with friends old and new. Urban Perform has helped members cease their use of metabolic medications, increase their confidence, and given them a safe place to exercise and learn. We’re giving our community’s youth the tools to become healthy and active young adults, and we strive to listen to our community’s needs, never telling them what they can and cannot do. Not a day goes by without several new community members coming by for information, demonstrating that our presence is noticed and their need is great.

Our organization is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and is funded through grants and individual donations. We need your help to continue providing this incredible service for our community. 2016 has been one of our most challenging years due to several break-ins, unforeseen building maintenance and leadership transitions. Our program works so well that we grew too quickly. We are stepping back and taking time to build in a sustainable way. We cannot exist without donations from people like you, who can give generously. If you are able, please help us keep our doors open and continue to serve the community well.

  • Become a monthly donor here.
  • Give the Gift of Health here.

Inaction is simply a passive vote to deny these communities the access to exercise and education that they so desperately need and deserve. So please, take a moment to learn more about Urban Perform and take a moment to step into our community’s shoes to understand what this means to them. Join us in our mission to create health conscious change in the community, come visit us, and/or reach out to see how you can get more involved.

 

Yours in Health,

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Give the Gift of Health

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This holiday season, give the gift of health to an entire family!

As little as $50 can help a family live a healthier fuller and longer life.  your-choice-gift-tags 50-gift-of-health-gift-tags 100-gift-of-health-gift-tags

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 Give beyond the gift of health by becoming a sustaining donor! 

If you prefer to send a check, checks can be made payable to Urban Perform and mailed to
P.O Box 92392
Atlanta, GA 30314

 

Join our Board of Directors

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Urban Perform is now accepting applications for our Board of Directors!!

We are seeking individuals who have a passion for our mission, the ability to be a good steward of the organization, will bring ideas and perspective, think innovatively, and represent our our community. We are especially interested in individuals who bring experience and skills in the following areas:

 

Fundraising & Events
Legal
Finance & Accounting
Nonprofit Leadership
Community Engagement
Communications & Marketing

 

Interested individuals should submit a resume to Board member Heather Shaffer at hrlane@gmail.com

 

Simple ways to support UP

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2. Sign in and choose Urban Perform
3. Begin shopping
4. Bookmark this link and support us every time you shop Amazon!

 

 

 

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1.Register your Kroger card online at krogercommunityrewards.com
2. Search for “Urban Perform”
3. Link card to Urban Perform
4. Use your Kroger card when you shop and Kroger will donate to UP

 

 

 

lyft
1.Sign up for Lyft
2. Use promo code UrbanPerform on your first ride
3. Lyft donates to UP and you get to riding!

 

250 Squad

250 Squad

Members who have completed 250+ days of working out at Urban Perform


Markita Jordan

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On July 12, 2016, Markita Jordan completed her 250th visit at Urban Perform and became the first member of UP’s 250 Squad! Markita has been coming to UP since the spring of 2014 and has made HUGE strides in her journey towards health! Check out the rest of her story here!

 

5th Annual Casino Night & Carnival

Thank you to all of our 2016 sponsors and guests!

Check out this year’s event photos here!


 

 

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Event: 5th Annual Casino Night & Carnival

Date/Time: October 1 at 7pm

Location: Atlanta Community Food Bank – 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30318

 Please join us for a spectacular evening filled with casino & carnival games (Blackjack, Roulette, Craps & Poker), drinks and desserts & amazing prizes to win and bid on!

Dessert, wine, beer and non-

alcoholic drinks will be served!

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Dress Attire: Cocktail with an UPgrade – be sure to UP your outfit with a piece of flare, i.e. hat, scarf, large necklace, etc.

Parking Options: Free Lot and street parking are available.

Tickets at the Door: $65 individual, $125 couple

Check out last year’s photobooth photos and event photos!

 

2016 Sponsors

PopUP Popsicles are BACK

We had a blast at PopUP Posicles 2016!

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Check out this years photos on facebook!


Help us celebrate summer!

Join Urban Perform and Georgia Tech Athletics on Wednesday July 20th for a free King of Pops popsicle stand, basketball, four square and fun with other members, supporters, and Georgia Tech Student Athletes. The popsicles will be here at 6:45pm, after a 6pm Circuit Class. Bring family, friends and neighbors because everyone is welcome!

Check out some photos from last years popsicle event here!