“Catch A Lift” Catches Westport’s Spirit

“06880” is a little late to this story.

But it’s never too late to celebrate our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Or the people who help them.

Catch a Lift is a national non-profit dedicated to the physical and mental recovery of post-9/11 combat-wounded military personnel. The organization provides gym memberships and home equipment, fitness programs and motivational peer support.

Last weekend — thanks to the tireless efforts of Mental Grit Fitness owner/trainer Andy Berman; Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas and his entire department; Westporter and CAL board member Adam Vengrow, and the support of Joyride, Crossfit Revel and Achieve Fitness — 16 veterans came to town.

And then they went to town, with workouts, training and plenty of camaraderie.

A special shoutout goes to Daniel Slow. The Weston High School basketball player raised over $5,000 for Catch a Lift, thanks to pledges for every point he scored.

Photographer Matthew Paskert captured much of the action from last weekend’s “Westport for Warriors” weekend. If his images inspire you to learn more about Catch a Lift, click here.

(Photos/Matthew Paskert)

2 responses to ““Catch A Lift” Catches Westport’s Spirit

  1. Adam Vengrow

    so awesome thank you! whole town gave them what Berman calls “the Westport Hug”. thanks for the writeup Dan, these Veterans have very little and have lost many of their brothers and sisters in battle while they have come out very injured. Nobody wants war, and it doesnt matter left or right, these are great people from all nationalities united as one to defend the greatest principles of freedom that we live under. Its our turn to help them when they get back! Thanks Westport!

  2. This great. Well done to all those involved. Headstrong is another organization that helps vets in need that we love – http://getheadstrong.org