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How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity
How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia.  The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.

“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”

The funds raised in the Longest Day will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, which are used to further their mission in helping to find a cure for the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million around the world have the condition, and that number is expected to reach 75 million by the year 2030. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death, and in the U.S. someone develops the condition every 66 seconds.

The Longest Day is an annual fundraiser held on the summer solstice. Individuals or groups participate by selecting an activity they enjoy doing and then raising funds for the cause. SAPT will be offering an easy way for people to participate in the event. They can stop down at the club during daylight hours on June 17, 2017 to participate in free training all day. The club will be collecting donations from those who participate, with all of the funds raised being given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The club participates in the annual event because the cause hits close to home. The owner lost both of her grandmothers to the disease, and the club’s office manager lost her mother to it.

“Exercising and getting fit can help to improve one’s quality of life,” added Walls. “This is an issue that has touched us as it has so many others, and we want to do something to and help the cause. Getting fit and raising funds doing it is a win-win situation for all.”

Individuals and teams are invited to work out on the Longest Day. Individuals who donate $150 will receive an event T-shirt, and teams that donate $500 or more will receive a T-shirt.

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

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