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Local gym to host Fourth of July event

Local gym to host Fourth of July event

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

This time of year, many families prepare to attend Fort Hood’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Hood Stadium. Citizens eagerly look forward to the music, food and live bands before the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. This year is no different, but those looking to celebrate during the afternoon can head over to BEFIT in Killeen for their first event commemorating July fourth.

The open-house event will offer free workouts, food and a tour of the facility. BEFIT is veteran owned and operated, which played a key-role in the creation of the event, according to manager Brittany Miller.

“We really wanted to do something that would impact the entire community this fourth of July,” said Miller, “There will be a workout class, or bootcamps, when we open at 5 a.m., one at 11 a.m., and there will be a Freedom Challenge beginning at 3 p.m. for people to come out, sweat, compete and have a good time. We’d really like to see a lot of people come out.” All who attend will be entered into a raffle for additional free classes. The facility also has an onsite Kid’s Club that can be used for children aged two and up. BEFIT in Killeen is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This July fourth event is the first at BEFIT, but the organization is always trying to find ways to reach out to the community, specifically to other veterans. On July 29, the gym will be hosting their second annual Summer Olympics, another free event that offers friendly competition. “We invite people and various vendors to come out and make it a big event.” Miller said. “There’s five events that people can participate and compete in, and all of our profits will go to Guardian Overwatch.”

Guardian Overwatch is a non-profit organization made up of active duty military and veterans. Their mission is to provide support to current and past soldiers that are in eed of immediate assistance. The organization is funded solely by donations, and with 10 state chapters nationwide, they have raised over $60,000 in donations.

“Veterans don’t always get the help they need, or they got lost in the shuffle,” Miller points out, “and Guardian Overwatch provides various services to veterans, whether it be finding them a place to live or just buying groceries. We always try to go all out for the Summer Olympics, and we’re hoping citizens will come out and participate.”

For more information on BEFIT in Killeen, call 254 223 3488 or visit them at 900 South W S Young Drive.

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