SNV33228 Dave's Playground

It's been a while now since I've been back in the States from Zambia. Coming back, I  carried with me an enormous sense of accomplishment on a job well done. My team, including myself and five others from Mosaic (a church in LA), had been planning to build of a playground for the Breath of Heaven Orphanage in Zambia for roughly two years. We accomplished what some said was not possible!

I was given the responsibility of designing the playground and spent roughly six months thinking about what this playground should be and what it should look like. I went through several ideas before finally deciding on what a dream playground would be.

If you were to first look at my ideas before we left, the playground might have appeared too big and too elaborate to build in only nine days.  However, we ended up building it in only eight days! It felt like we did the impossible! Before we were even finished, some the kids started playing on the playground. It was a highlight of the trip to see how much fun they were having.  Watching them as the days went on made it more of a reality for me. 

One thing I learned from this project is that I can accomplish anything, even the extraordinary, and it starts with an extraordinary dream to begin with. Just taking those first steps toward your dream and making it a reality is a powerful experience. Of course, none of this would have been possible without my friends, family, and the support of Greg Glassman and CrossFit, Inc.  I would also like to give special thanks to CrossFit Kids who donated necessary equipment to the playground! THANK YOU for your support.

-Dave Leys

Tabata Fran
20 seconds, max Thruster
rest 10 seconds
20 seconds, max Pull ups
rest 10 seconds

Repeat for a total of 6 rounds.