Phoenix Multisport not only helps veterans, but anyone trying to overcome substance abuse. Their facilities in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs offer supportive and physically active communities. Through activities such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, road/mountain biking, and socials, they seek to help members develop and maintain the emotional strength they need to stay sober.
The founder of Phoenix Multisport, Scott Strode, was an abuser of alcohol and drugs in his teens and early 20's. After sobering up and discovering boxing, he realized sports could be the outlet recovering addicts need to stay sober. He started Phoenix Multisport with one small facility. Now it's grown into three entities and the Colorado Springs location has expanded to specifically help veterans.
Scott's efforts haven't gone unnoticed. CNN has nominated Scott as a Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012, an honor for individuals making extraordinary contributions to improve the lives of others. Each Top 10 CNN Hero receives a $50,000 grant to further their work, and one will be named "CNN Hero of the Year" during a live broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Online voting for "CNN Hero of the Year" runs through Wednesday, November 28. Voters can log on to CNNHeroes.com - online or on their mobile devices- to cast ballots for their favorite Top 10 Heroes up to 10 times a day, every day. Votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. The Hero with the most votes will be named "CNN Hero of the Year," and receive an additional $250,000 grant.
More information about Scott Strode:
• For most of his teens and early twenties, Scott Strode abused drugs and alcohol. When he realized at age 24, that his addictions were out of control, he finally got clean, and sought a new social circle and activities that would help maintain his sobriety. Scott found what he needed at the gym, and eventually became a triathlete and mountain climber. In 2007, he decided to help others enjoy this healthy 'high.' He started Phoenix Multisport, a nonprofit that provides free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 6,000 participants in Colorado.
For the latest info about the Top 10 CNN Heroes, viewers and online users are encouraged to visit the CNN Heroes page on Facebook, follow @CNN Heroes on Twitter and use the hashtag #CNNHeroes. Additionally, behind-the-scenes CNN Heroes images can be viewed on CNN Heroes' Instagram account. GetGlue users can check-in to CNN Heroes for exclusive limited-edition stickers of the Top 10 CNN Heroes.
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