On Saturday, September 7th, I'll be competing in my first powerlifting meet in order to help raise money for undocumented immigrant women's education.
The Iron Maidens Stay Strong Scholarship was created in partnership with the Iron Maidens Raw Open to send women without access to financial aid to college. In the past three years they have raised over $90,000 and sent 15 women to college!
The Iron Maidens Raw Open is an all-female powerlifting competition - one of the few in the country. It provides an approachable and competitive environment for women to test their maximum capacity in the Back Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift, and celebrates women of all ages and stages of training.
The Stay Strong Scholarship is operated by Grace Outreach, a South Bronx based non-profit that works with women to further their financial goals and gain financial independence. The money we raise pays for 70% of college tuition for undocumented students, Dreamers, and women who have been victims of predatory for-profit colleges. Students in these financial situations have no access to financial aid dollars and the undocumented students are ineligible for most scholarships.
To learn more, and read the stories of women who have received the the Iron Maidens Stay Strong Scholarship please visit the Iron Maidens Raw Open website, and Grace Outreach. Of course, you're welcome to come on September 7th to cheer all of us competitors on at Crossfit South Brooklyn!