We're gearing up for a HUGE Charity Bootcamp on April 20th at 9 AM at The Palisades Sports Complex (13417 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28278). We hope to have lots of support at this workout to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Please bring your family and friends! 
We promise it will be a GREAT workout for a GREAT cause!
We are going to be walking in honor of Anthony Frattaroli this year, 5th grader at Sugar Creek Elementary School in Fort Mill, who was diagnosed with T1D when he was a baby.  Come on out to support Anthony!  Donations will be accepted at the door. $10 per person.  The workout will last around 45 minutes and will be held rain or shine.  Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Workout will be held outdoors unless it's raining.


Charlotte Bootcamp Trades Workouts for Turkeys to Feed Needy Families


Contact – Julie Sawyer, 803-984-0714


November 16th, 2011 –Tuff Girl Bootcamps, a SW Charlotte fitness bootcamp for busy men and women, is teaming up with their clients and the community to provide relief to needy families this holiday season. All campers and friends who donate a turkey will be provided with a free “damage control” workout on Saturday, November the 26th after the big feast. All turkeys will be donated to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.


Tuff Girl Bootcamps owner JulieSawyer, CPT, is a firm believer in giving back to the Charlotte community. Sawyer claims “With the current plight of the economy, we all need to stick together and help each other out when we can. We have a really tight-knit group of campers who always go above and beyond in helping others.  We’re proud to do everything in our power to ensure that as many local families as possible will have their traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner this holiday season.”


The Turkey Burn-off Bootcamp Workout is meant to burn lots of calories, deplete muscle glycogen, and ramp up metabolism to allow campers to enjoy some of the indulgences of the holiday season in moderation without the guilt or the setbacks. Campers will also be encouraged to bring any special friends or family members who would also like to participate in the post-feast activity.


The Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and to those battling addictions. Today, the mission provides an intensive drug and alcohol recovery program to homeless or about to become homeless men and women. Their goal is to address all aspects and issues of addiction with each person and return them as contributing members of society.


To enroll in the charity bootcamp, please call 803-984-0714.  Go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com for more information.







by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NewsChannel 36

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- It was a tragedy on the lake.

A child fell overboard while boating with his family on Lake Wylie near Tega Cay.
He didn't survive, his family was devastated.

But now, weeks later, a community came together with an unusual fundraiser at the Palisades Sports Complex to help honor Blake Goshen.

It was a rigorous boot camp workout.

Julie Sawyer organized the fundraiser for the Goshen family after she found out about the tragic accident that killed Blake Goshen.

"This was really a good event. I 'm really thankful to Julie for putting this on for Phil and Dixie. It means a lot to them," says Debbie McClary, Blake's grandmother.

A few dozen showed up Saturday to go through the work out in memory of the 8-year-old.

"Blake was a carefree, just a happy-go-lucky boy. He just always tried to put a smile on other people's faces," says Phil Goshen, Blake's father.

The Goshen's say since his death, they have been blessed by the number of prayers from others helping them through.

Saturday was no different, as each participate donated money just to sweat it out for Blake.

"Oh it's worth it, with everything they've been through, this is the least I can do," says Kimberly Wiggins.

"He loved being outdoors, he loved making friends and being around people," says Phil Goshen.

Blakes parents say they have created a foundation in Blake's memory and want to honor him with a memorial that could go up in Tega Cay's Windjammer Park.

Workout event Saturday helps memorialize 8-year-old killed in Lake Wylie boating accident

- jmarks@lakewyliepilot.com


Phil and Dixie Goshen of Steele Creek still aren’t up for talking about everything that happened June 26, but they’re finding their voice. A voice they hope might just help keep the memory of their son alive.

“It’s all very difficult,” said Phil, whose son Blake, 8, died in a boating accident last month near Tega Cay. “We’re doing OK. It’s just trying to figure out what to do now.”

The accident

According to York County authorities, Blake was on Lake Wylie with family members on June 26. At about 12:30 p.m. that day, he came in contact with the propellers of a boat. Paramedics tended to him at nearby Windjammer Park in Tega Cay, where he was pronounced dead. Alcohol was not a factor.

The Goshens didn’t want to elaborate on the incident, other than to say two boats were involved and they hope the driver and passengers of the boat causing Blake’s death receive the same care and support they’ve received in the weeks since. The final incident report still is not complete, the family said.

The fatality was the first on Lake Wylie this summer, but the 18th on South Carolina waters in 2010 compared to 11 in all of 2009.

The response

People they’ve never heard of from states they’ve never been to sent the Goshens cards or flowers. About 600 people came to the visitation, the family said. Someone brought by “food to feed 60 people,” and the Goshens heard a story about an impromptu fundraiser in a local grocery store. Evidently word got out about someone there buying food for the family, and customers started giving.

“It does help,” Phil said. “People coming over and bringing food or sending cards to show they care – it helps a lot.”

Support came from their church home at nearby Good Shepherd UMC, as well as Victory Sports Outreach, the Christian youth sports organization where Phil coaches and Blake played. So too from schools, and the Tega Cay community near where the accident occurred. Talks about setting up a memorial and a foundation began.

Friend of a friend Julie Sawyer, owner of Tuff Girl Bootcamps, started planning a “smoke your stomach” fundraiser workout on Saturday at The Palisades Sports Complex. She also donated a week of workouts for Blake’s brother Tyler, 10.

“I just thought this is as close to home as you can get, and I wanted to help however I could,” she said. “There’s not a lot I can do, but that’s the one thing that I can do.”

The future

If the future is something planned for, then one might forgive the Goshens for being a little hazy right now.

“We don’t have any concrete plans yet,” Dixie said. “We know we want to do something tangible to remember him.”

They may look to place a memorial at Windjammer, or perhaps somewhere a little farther from the accident scene. The Goshens plan to host a memorial page on Facebook, full of event listings for fundraisers to help other families in need or to help prevent anyone else from having to face a similar incident.

“The further you get from the accident, you want to think of ways to remember,” Phil said.

The Blake’s Blessing Foundation will be used to help raise money for boating safety programs and provide support for changing boat licensing or boater education requirements.

“Recreational boats should have the same precautions that cars do,” Phil said.

Boater education is something Dixie said should be required in both states surrounding Lake Wylie, “so that not just anybody can jump behind the wheel of a boat.” North Carolina began a boater education requirement in May for boaters age 25 and younger, while South Carolina has no such law.

“We just think that that could’ve helped,” Dixie said.

The advocacy and support for other families is a way to make sure nobody forgets Blake, the family says. As for anything else the future might bring, the Goshens will wait and see.

“We know that God has a purpose,” Dixie said, “and we want to be around to see some of them.”

The family

While the Goshens lack words for how hard the loss of their son is, they also recognize how difficult the adjustment is for his brothers Tyler and Parker, 3. Especially the brother just two years older than Blake.

“Summers were the two of them together,” Dixie said.

Yet the family manages. Trying to regain some sense of normalcy helps, they say. They still love water activities, Phil said, though “it’s just going to take us a while to be back there.”

“That’s going to be tough for us,” he said. “It’s a hard road. We already know that. Our kids are pretty much our everything that we’re doing.”

In time they hope to remember mainly the better times, the son who loved to be outside, who loved his bike and his sports teams, who never tired of playing “cops and criminals” with the neighborhood children and who, in a cul-de-sac filled with more girls his age than boys, proved a true “ladies man.”

So while enduring pain may be inevitable, so too might those memories be, the family hopes.

“None of this is going away,” Phil said.

Want to help?

Julie Sawyer, owner of Tuff Girl Bootcamps, will host a bootcamp workout from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at The Palisades Sports Complex on the grass court lawn. All proceeds will go to the Blake Goshen Memorial Fund.

The “smoke your stomach” coed, family event is a challenging but fun workout that can be done by beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts. Minimum age to participate in the workout is 14, and the maximum age is 99.

“We’re not going to kick anybody out,” Sawyer said.A minimum donation of $10 is required to attend the fundraiser workout. To register for the workout and to donate, visit raceit.com and search “Blake Goshen.” For more information, visit tuffgirlbootcamps.com.