How The Dancer Love Foundation Came To Be
On September 6, 2014, CrossFit Athlete, Sam Dancer, and his staff at QTown CrossFit opened their hearts to help “special athletes” of the Illinois Special Olympics chapter achieve their dreams of making it to the games. Sam and his staff partnered with Area 11 Special Olympics and created a workout to help raise money for his “special athletes” known as the “Athletes for Athletes WOD.”
What started as a local event to impact the eight counties of West Central Illinois and aid in the growth of the lives of local “special athletes”, turned into the ultimate learning experience for the QTown CrossFit community. Experiencing the success of the event and most importantly, witnessing the impact the Special Olympic athletes had on the community, Sam’s desire to get involved with Special Olympic athletes came to the surface and the Row Raiser was born: a team style marathon row (26.2mi).
The Row Raiser continued on for the following years and has since raised over $150,000 and garnered participation from athletes all over the world. Due to the continued overwhelming support and participation, Sam decided it was time to take it to the next level and created the Dancer Love Foundation.
The Dancer Love Foundation is a 5013c non-profit that serves as a platform to encourage, educate and fund expressions of fitness in everyday life for those who are members or who are looking to create their own environments of inclusion through fitness primarily involved in Crossfit. the “Row Raiser” will seek to grow communities of inclusion by building relationships and providing funding to increase services and educate others to serve community members who struggle with emotional, intellectual and physical disabilities.