KRA/CTWorks Staff Compete in Urban Fitness Challenge

From the North Central Region of Connecticut, Charles Botts, Subject Matter Expert and Trainer, reports, “On Sunday, October 27th, Anthony Harrington [KRA Reemployment Coach] and I represented KRA/CTWorks*, competing in the Urban Fitness Challenge to benefit the Kids Café Program of the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford.

Charles and Anthony

Charles and Anthony

The Challenge was grueling, to say the least, including 10 rigorous obstacles spread out over 2 miles of terrain on the campus of Trinity College.  By the time we finished, we had completed 80 push-ups; 135 burpees [squat thrusts]; 66 squats; and 60 shoulder presses, in addition to pulling, lifting, and tossing weighted sand bags and lunging for 70 yards!

The event presented a great opportunity for team building, encouragement, and physical fitness, all while supporting a really great cause.”  When asked what inspired him to compete, Botts responded, “It was a no-brainer for me.  My son is a member of the Trinity College Boys & Girls Club and while we are very blessed not to need the help of their great programs—like the Kid’s Café—there is no way I couldn’t support the Club and help them raise money.”

Botts, continued, “The Boys & Girls Club runs programs out of four main locations—Northwest, Southeast, Asylum Hill, and Trinity College—in the Greater Hartford area.  The Kid’s Café is a critically important meals program, serving area youth by ensuring that children, who may not otherwise have access to a hot and nutritious meal, receive one in the evening.

The proceeds from the Urban Fitness Challenge go directly to support this program. Each competitor’s registration insured that one child would receive dinner for 4 consecutive months.”   In addition to Botts and Harrington, KRA/CTWorks Team members—who were not able to participate in the Challenge—contributed to the fundraiser by making donations online. View a great video to learn more about the Urban Fitness Challenge at

* This 37-town, multi-site operation, funded by Capital Workforce Partners, includes a One-Stop Center program that provides comprehensive workforce development services for WIA-eligible Adult/Dislocated Workers and a TANF-funded Jobs First Employment Services Program.  Each One-Stop office includes a walk-in Online Learning Center, with computers equipped with job-search applications, assessment tools, skills-training software, and self-paced job-readiness software.  Special CTWorks programs include a Homeless Veterans Integration Program; an employment-retention program for ex-offenders who are currently employed; and a National Emergency Grant Program for WIA Dislocated Workers separated from employment due to downsizing, reorganization, or closure at specific companies in the Region.