Saturday, March 23, 2013

These Bulldogs Don't Bully

Pottstown CrossFit owner Rob Matthews talks to the Bulldogs.

Students from Barth and Rupert Elementary Schools’ Bulldog Clubs learned some valuable lessons about preventing and dealing with bullying recently. 

Sixteen club members, along with their sponsors Max Donnelly and Mike DiDonato, spent some after school hours at the CrossFit/Pottstown Karate Club in Pottstown.

Rob Matthews, owner of Pottstown Karate Club, and Tim Solomon, Jr., Junior Guardian Angel Program Director, spent the afternoon teaching students about some of the signs of bullying and the impact it has on individuals. 
What's a visit to CrossFit without a little exercise?

The students were taught strategies about bullying and how to handle it while in the school and community settings.

They performed skits to model and practice specific ways to combat bullying behavior through conversation and self-confidence. 

Matthews and Solomon took time to show students what it means to be successful in life as they talked about the club’s focus on character development while simultaneously introducing physical fitness and awareness. 

The students enjoyed participating in exercise routines that kept their mind active while teaching valuable life skills.

“We hope that through partnerships like this with some of our youngest citizens they will develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become the leaders of our community,” said Matthews.

“We are fortunate to have such valued community-minded partners like Rob Matthews and Tim Solomon to help support the mission of our school and community,” Donnelly said.

The Rupert and Barth Bulldog Clubs were established in 2008 and started with an effort to address students who struggled in the areas of behavior and/or academics at school. 

The highly successful clubs have progressed into organizations that focus on students becoming leaders within their school and community. 

For more information on CrossFit, contact Rob Matthews at 610-327-1321 or visit the website at

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