Committed to the cause
Dancer Love Foundation has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
King James - Our Inspiration & Spokesperson
James was first introduced to the Crossfit world at the first ever Qtown event to benefit those with intellectual disabilities. His new found friend, Heather (also a board member) invited him and several others in the Quincy Community to come out and join the fundraiser WOD. Once James walked in the door, he was hooked! His first response to the event was: “When can I start working out here”. Since then, James has become a regular member of the Qtown Crossfit family. In addition, James’ popularity grew to the international Crossfit world as Sam & Jenn introduced him to fellow professionals in the Crossfit world.
James can be often found at Crossfit events and fitness competitions helping Ice Age Meals sling meat to a waiting hungry crowd. He is always ready with a smile and hug for anyone who wants a photo, including his groupies who found James at the 2019 Crossfit games and asked for his signature, champions Matt Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey.
James has become a staple in the Crossfit world and can be found on instagram @KingJamesFoster.
James loves all sports, especially cardinal baseball (NOT the CUBS), his friends and can lift the spirits of anyone who needs a hug and a smile.
President & Director
My name is Jenn Dancer and here is a little about me. I love talking and with that comes a lot of conversations with random individuals. My favorite thing is to be in a grocery store or be waiting in a line somewhere and run into somebody who willing to strike up a conversation! The realization of my love for conversation came to the surface when I had my start as a professional soccer player in Sweden. After college at the University of Missouri, I packed up my bags and moved to Europe on my own to begin my professional soccer career. I played for seven years with the Boston Breakers and Pitea IF. After traveling alone I learned that I had a passion for spreading joy to others small talk, now I talk to everyone! I have learned even more about Love and communication after starting the Dancer Love Foundation and becoming friends with James Foster. James is one of our special needs athletes and now my best friend. Seeing and experiencing the unconditional love and kindness James has for everyone and the joy that emanates within him is what encouraged me to start the Dancer Love Foundation. I truly believe everyone not only needs to love like James, but also deserves to experience what that Love feels like. I pray that this foundation gives others that chance to experience the unconditional love. Oh and one more thing. The best part about me is my other half. I am married to Samuel Dancer and he is one amazing human.
Director & Creative Genius
Hey guys, my name is Sam Dancer! I’m a legally blind former ceramics artist, former D1 running back turned gym owner and professional CrossFitter. I’ve recently spent my recent years traveling the world collecting memories and knowledge through shared experiences with my wife Jennifer. Optimizing performance of the mind, body, spirit and relationships is what keeps this wild love machine ticking!
Hi, My name is Mike Davis, or better known by King James Foster as “Old
Man Strong”! I first met Sam & Jenn Dancer when they started Q-Town
Crossfit in our hometown of Quincy Illinois. My love of Crossfit has grown
since then and I have been able to complete my CF L1 and L2 certifications,
participate in many Crossfit competitions, and even work as a judge at
Crossfit Regionals as well many other smaller events. My wellness journey
has included everything from adventure racing, triathlon, to team sports from
Hockey to Football. I have experience training University Level teams as a
strength and conditioning coach as well as individual coaching as a USA
Triathlon Coach and of course coaching Crossfit Athletes!
My passion for those who live each day with intellectual disabilities began
with my relationship and coaching of athletes in Special Olympics, especially
King James. I love the Crossfit community and family for all that they are
and their incredible individual gifts they bring to help those who may be
underserved. The first fundraiser held at Q-Town CrossFit (Athletes for
Athletes WOD) was created at my dining room table with my wife, and
additional Dancer Love Foundation board member, Christine Wade. Sam
Dancer later had the vision to change the WOD to a team Rowing
event and the rest is history!!
I have a passion for those with disabilities and connecting them with all the
opportunities that this world holds for them including health and fitness. The
only thing that outweighs my passion for people, is my passion
for my family, faith, and animals.
I have been a part of the Row Raiser from its start as a small event and have
walked alongside it as it grew into an international experience and beyond. I
have recently relocated with my wife to Nevada. Now in a different state, I
hope to have an even greater opportunity to help grow the Dancer Love
Foundation and help ignite the passion in others through service and love.
Director & Secretary
Hey guys!! My name is Christine Wade, and I am so excited to meet you!! I am a wife to my amazing husband, Matt Wade, and a dog mama to Sami & Rizzo, our adorable rescue Pitbulls! I love Jesus, açaí bowls, snowboarding, beach volleyball, and CrossFit. CrossFit is what connected me to The Dancers in 2012!
I began my coaching journey at QTown CrossFit in 2012 after my last volleyball season at Quincy University. Coaching has always been a huge passion of mine! I absolutely love sharing breakthrough moments and watching people accomplish goals they never thought possible!
In 2014, I helped create the Athletes 4 Athletes WOD, our first workout event to raise funds for Special Olympics. It was truly the most rewarding experience I have ever had at QTown, especially after meeting James Foster. At the end of 2014, I moved to Southern California to pursue a new coaching position, and competed on their CrossFit Regionals Team.
In 2018, Heather & Mike Davis flew me to Quincy, IL to surprise everyone at their annual Row Raiser. It was the most beautiful event—I knew God wanted me to see how much Athletes 4 Athletes had evolved! Ever since that day. It cemented the fact that I knew I wanted to be more involved with this amazing movement.
In 2019, I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for the the Dancer Love Foundation. It is truly a blessing how this all came full circle! I am beyond humbled and incredibly grateful to be a part of this team. I am so excited to continue this journey to empower and encourage individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities!