Stacie Tovar of Omaha and three teammates at a fitness competition donated their $5,000 winnings to an injured CrossFit athlete last month.
"CrossFit is totally all about the community, and it was a chance for us to give back and really be a part of that," said Tovar, who recently quit her full-time job to train for CrossFit competitions.
Tovar placed third in the women's individual competition. She joined Rich Froning, Elisabeth Akinwale and Chris Spealler for the team portion of the event.
The group, nicknamed "The Dream Team," took first place at the East Coast Championships in Boston and won $5,000. They gave the cash prize to Kevin Ogar, 28, who was injured at a similar competition in January.
Ogar, a CrossFit athlete and coach, severed his spinal cord while performing an exercise called a snatch. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Ogar has no insurance, so a fund was set up to help cover the cost of his medical bills. The CrossFit community has raised more than $340,000 on his behalf, including Tovar's team's donation.
People are also donating to Ogar's cause through an eBay auction, which includes autographed apparel from CrossFit athletes, including Tovar.
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