We are committed to making our community stronger in many ways.
Women in Fitness
Nikki Kallenbach, Fit Columbia Intern
This partnership with The Columbia Star profiled local women in fitness who are influencers in the health and fitness industry. Nikki Kallenbach, Fit Columbia’s 2016 intern, spent one year meeting, interviewing and training with the fitness professionals and captured the experiences in monthly interviews in The Columbia Star. The series culminated in a public event that honored the women, and "raised" $700 and 65 pairs of shoes for children through the nonprofit Innersole, founded by University of South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley.
Epworth Children's Home boys cottage
Shannon Regan, Fit Columbia Intern
Shannon worked with Fit Columbia to adopt the boys cottage at Epworth Children's Home. The boys, who ranged in age from 10-14, learned proper exercise techniques and were encouraged to try out for team sports in high school. The project included Cypheus Bunton, a former University of South Carolina Men's Assistant Basketball Coach and professional basketball player, who met with the boys and worked out with them. As part of the project, Fit Columbia also raised $500 for the nonprofit.
Epworth children's home girls cottage
Katelyn Richards, Fit Columbia Intern
The purpose of this project which reached 60 teen girls focused on body image and nutrition. Our team met with the group and discussed these important topics and introduced the girls to fitness through yoga, kettlebells, free weights and stretching. At the end of the program, each girl re a yoga mat, block and strap for their own personal use. We partnered with Chana Treat at Health & Happiness LLC, Kohls, Wade Sellers at Coal Powered Filmworks and Julia Murray from University of South Carolina Exercise Science Department. Katelyn now works at Progressive Physical Therapy in Columbia, SC. We raised over $1750 worth of products to donate to Epworth PE Center and students.
We raised over $1750 worth of products to donate to Epworth PE Center and students.
donation based classes for charity
Matt Potts, Fit Columbia Intern
Our donation-based classes are workouts with a purpose. Matt used his internship to raise $500 for Hidden Wounds, a local nonprofit that helps military personnel combat stress injuries such as PTSD, PBI and other psychological post-war challenges. Clients who attend donation-based classes pay what they can and all class proceeds are directed to charity. In all, Matt raised $1,200 for local charities during his internship.
Yoga for cancer
Angie Sellers, Yoga for Cancer Certified