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“215 Innocent Children”

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Memorial WOD

1.6K 47
  • For Time
  • 215 Double-Unders
  • 21 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Burpees
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Box Jumps (24/20 in)
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lb)
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Lunges
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Pull-Ups
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Medicine Ball Squat Cleans (20/14 lb)
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 21 Toes-to-Bars
  • 5 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)
  • 1,996 meter Row

With a running clock, complete the prescribed work in the order written as fast as possible (“For Time“).

Score is the time on the clock when the 1,996 meter Row is completed.


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Background: This workout is dedicated to 215 indigenous children who were found buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada on May 27, 2021.

The Kamloops Indian Residential School operated between 1890 and 1969, when the federal government took over operations from the Catholic Church and operated it as a day school until it closed in 1978.

In Canada, the Indian residential school system was a network of mandatory schools for Indigenous peoples. The network was funded by the Canadian government’s Department of Indian Affairs and administered by Christian churches. The school system was created for the purpose of removing Indigenous children from the influence of their own culture and assimilating them into the dominant Canadian culture.

The National Truth and Reconciliation Commission has a record of at least 51 children dying at the school between 1914 and 1963, noting in its 2015 report that officials in 1918 believed children at the school were not being adequately fed, leading to malnutrition. Most of the parents of the 215 children weren’t informed of their passing and were buried in unmarked graves.

The workout was designed by Roger Boyer and Kris and Kristin Sylliboy for CrossFit gyms in Canada and around the world to rally behind the cause and raise awareness. Boyer is a long-time CrossFit athlete and citizen of the Anishinabek Nation, and the Sylliboys, CrossFit athletes and citizens of the Mi’kmaq Nation who grew up on an indigenous reserve in Nova Scotia.

The two hope for as many gyms as possible to participate in solidarity and to honor the innocent lives that were tragically lost.

From an article released by Morning Chalk Up, “while the honor workout isn’t a fundraiser, if people want to donate money, Boyer recommends donating to the Orange Shirt Society — or buying an orange t-shirt, with proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society, an non-profit organization that supports residential school survivors and families of survivors, and seeks to spread awareness about Canada’s residential school system and the concept that every child matters.”

See also: “215 Children” (different workout, tribute to the same children)

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