Words by Hallie Saculla

A fundraiser for Wheels4Care will be held Feb. 25 to benefit veterans in need.

Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center will host Wheels4Change’s Remembrance Fitness Event from 11:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 .

Wheels4Change is an organization based in Northeast Ohio that provides “outreach, education and awareness to veterans and their families whose lives have been impacted by military trauma,” according to its website.

The charity hosts the Remembrance Fitness Event annually as an opportunity to fundraise as well as have participants engage in physical activities as a display of gratitude to veterans and their families.

“The event will consist of many different types of physical activities: spinning, rowing, boot camp, Zumba, yoga, swimming, rock climbing and possibly a senior fitness class,” says Elizabeth Michel, Recreational Services’ group exercise program officer.

The activities will be taught by certified instructors from the SRWC and other collaborating community fitness facilities like Life Center Plus, One Love Yoga and CrossFit Cadre.

“As a recent Kent State graduate and a veteran, this event is a special project for me,” Michel says. “My hope is that Kent State and community participation continues to grow bigger every year so that we can continue to celebrate and honor, in our own special way, the sacrifices our service members have made.

The suggested minimum donation amount for participants is $25 and last year’s event raised about $3,000. Michel is hoping to double that amount this year. The top three teams that earn the most money on CrowdRise will be honored with a plaque.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Wheels4Change’s veteran programs, some of which include employment opportunities, new bikes, fitness center memberships, race entries and healing retreats.

“Partnering with this organization to host the Remembrance Fitness Event is a great way for Kent State and the surrounding community to say thank you to all members of the military, past and present, and it allows us to show our continued support,” Michel says.

Participants can register for the event on Event Brite.

Hallie Saculla is the recreation and fitness reporter for The Burr.