Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights was honored by the Village of Arlington Heights February 9 during the 15th Annual Hearts of Gold Awards. The ceremony, attended by local and state dignitaries, recognized EAD / CFAH with the Business Leader Heart of Gold for going “beyond its responsibilities to make our village a better place to work and live through participation and / or philanthropic support of community organizations and programs.”
The Hearts of Gold selection committee called EAD / CFAH founder and head performance coach Jim Inman “an active civic volunteer,” and applauded his aim to amend the Village tagline from the “City of Good Neighbors” to the “City of Fit Neighbors.” The committee also noted his involvement in local athletic and academic events, and that EAD / CFAH “creates a supportive environment where individuals of all ages and skill can develop and reach personal fitness levels.”
Coach Jim accepted the award on behalf of EAD / CFAH athletes, and his superb performance coaching team. “I’m very honored and humbled as the front man for Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights to be able to accept this award on behalf of this organization,” said Coach Jim, prior to acknowledging “my amazing team — Karen, Josh, Becky, Kristen, Alida and Ashley” — who joined him at the event.
Jim told the standing room only crowd that he believed the people of Arlington Heights — whether they are a student or senior, experienced athlete or someone just getting off the couch — deserve access to the training systems used by elite-level athletes to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.
Elite Athletic Development joined the Arlington Heights business community in 2006 and expanded to include CrossFit Arlington Heights in 2009. The business helps “every day athletes” from across the greater Chicagoland area achieve a staggering array of results thanks to innovative strength and conditioning programs, a top-caliber coaching staff, and a unique ability to understand the needs and motivate each athlete.
“We’re honored to give back to a community which has given us so much,” said Jim when referencing the many athletic events EAD / CFAH has created and run to raise money for area charities, work with school districts 25 and 214, and area residents. “We’re very proud to be part of Arlington Heights.”