Powerlifter Chris Duffin Raises Money for Special Olympics By Squatting #800EveryDay

Powerlifter and and co-founder of Kabuki Strength Chris Duffin has been on an epic mission over the last three weeks. If you’re already a fan of Duffin or Kabuki Strength, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of the posts that we’re referencing in this article.

In an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon, Duffin has been squatting a whopping 800 lbs everyday, aka #800EveryDay.

On their fundraising page Duffin writes, “Our mission and vision is to help make the world a better place through strength. We deeply believe that the pursuit of strength – physical, mental, and emotional – is a virtuous and rewarding endeavor to all who undertake it.”

For a further explanation of the campaign, check out the video below Duffin shared on his YouTube channel with Kabuki Strength coach Cassandra La Madrid.

As of right now, Kabuki Strength has raised over $4,000 for the Special Olympics Oregon organization. They’ve stated that one of their end goals is to eventually host their own Special Olympics Powerlifting Meet at Kabuki Strength later this year. If you’d like to donate, check out this link.

“This fundraising campaign and feat of strength is an effort to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics organization in Oregon, with the end goal of eventually hosting a Special Olympics Powerlifting Fundraising Meet here at Kabuki Strength Lab later this year.” – Chris Duffin

Currently, Duffin is on day 19 of the challenge and recently shared how tough this challenge has been. In Duffin’s latest Instagram video he writes,

I knew this was gonna be tough when I started. But I didn’t fully grasp how much so. Day 17 of squatting #800EveryDay for Special Olympics fundraiser & awareness!!! I am gonna stick with it. The donations are coming in and I’m enjoying the challenge of attempting to recover and stay on top of things on a daily basis. Finding it much harder than prepping for a single big lift. The last half of video is sped up to fit.”

Kabuki Strength has stated that the #800EveryDay challenge is the first of a series of fundraising event that are going to be held by Kabuki Strength for the Special Olympics Oregon.

Feature image courtesy Kabuki Strength.


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