Many thanks to all who helped make 2017 a great year for PK Move!
PK Silver Classes and special events serving over 100 senior citizens : increase strength in body and mind, prevent falls, build community and creativity
PK School classes for 60 school children: according to studies, learning through or after physical activity increases the students’ ability to process and retain new material, to focus, and to reduces stress. Our classes are specifically designed for your students’ needs by coaches with experience in Education.
PK Move’s Pop-Up Parkour Playground serving the ENTIRE City of Alexandria (155,000+ people): Free-to-the-Public Parkour and Movement Lessons offered in partnership with Alexandria RPCA! This innovative program was established by the people and for the people!
PK Survivor: Supporting the National Breast Center Foundation’s “Walk to Bust Cancer” (for 300+) to raise $40,000 for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer in under-insured women. Our intergenerational program for cancer survivors and their families/friends was approved by INOVA Hospital System’s “Life with Cancer” fitness provider list.
Many thanks to all who came out to celebrate survivorship, raise awareness and fund the treatment of breast cancer in local, under-insured women. Please contact PK Move if your would like a PK Survivor at your event. Please support our PK Survivor program by purchasing a T-shirt (modeled by Coach Kyle, below!) Click here to visit the official ninja fundraising page 🙏🏽💖
PK Move is very lucky to have a strong community of support. Cindy Cariens, along with her husband Rich, have been important behind-the-scenes supporters of PK Move from the beginning. In addition to generous financial donations, PK Move has received essential obstacle course equipment, including precision trainers and a vault box from Rich and Cindy. We cannot thank them enough, as this greatly enhanced our obstacle courses and demos.
Cindy, known especially for her amazing parkour rail skills, is an avid climber. She was recently featured in an article on Vertical Rock’s blog. In addition to being a badass in the gym, Cindy is a homeschooling mother of three wonderful people.
Our non-profit could not function with out the support of people like Cindy who lend a helping hand. In the face of many obstacles, she has also been an inspiration, continuing to move and challenge herself. In the article, Cindy says:
I’ve slowly progressed with climbing while minding a serious physical constraint, but I’ve also been able to keep pushing myself in a way no amount of squats in physical therapy can. Now my training is geared toward making me a better climber.
Her philosophy mirrors that of PK Move, which serves special populations. We emphasize gentle, steady progress and mindfulness of physical constraints, while training at the limits of abilities. We always encourage our participants to engage in whichever of our “sister” movement disciplines “speaks” to them: climb, dance, yoga, martial arts, tai chi, free weights, etc. Crosstraining makes our participants and our fitness community stronger. A central tenet of parkour is:
Be strong to be useful.
Many thanks to Cindy and Rich for their support. They make PK Move stronger which in turn allows us to be more useful and helpful to others.
PK Move has a number of upcoming events to raise moola for a our Community Matching Fund Project: a pop-up parkour playground and three years of FREE-to-the-public parkour lessons. Come to one or all of these events to support our project which will bring the power of play to people of all ages and abilities. Direct donations of any amount from individuals/families are greatly appreciated. We are also looking for corporate sponsors… and for a $5000 donation the playground can be named after YOUR company or organization! Click on the highlighted text to register. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Monday, 3/20, 7-9pmBEER BINGO at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub
… it is worth going because you get to meet so many AMAZING individuals! Even though we’d rather be out playing parkour with YOU, we must keep making new contacts and partnerships, explore opportunities, promote awareness of our services and keep critical financial & community support coming in! This week we had several great meetings. We got up to speed on disrupting the status quo in senior care/services with journalist Meg LaPorte and also learned about Spring2Action fundraising with ACT in Alexandria and Razoo Giving. We met boatloads of wonderful people who are doing the most important work right here in our community and the wider DMV.
**EXCITING NEWS UPDATE!** PKMove has been awarded a Community Matching Fund Grant from Alexandria RPCA. We will be offering city-wide, free-to-the-public parkour lessons at parks events for the next three years! But to do this we need YOUR help! We have to raise $5000 and are looking for sponsors!
Do you want to build positive public perception of parkour Do you want to bring play to underserved neighborhoods? Is encouraging movement education for all, including play spaces accessible to special populations of various ages and abilities something you want to support? Please join our effort. We have seven sponsorship levels, but any amount appreciated. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. (Photo from The Movement Creative, who design and build the pop-up playground)
You can still purchase tickets for the PK Move Kick-Off Party scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, August 27th, 6-10pm at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria. It’s a great deal, plus supports a great cause.
We’d also like to thank event sponsor Patricius Tokaj! You can sip their 2014 Furmint at the party. It was given 90 points by “Wine Enthusiast.” Cheers!