The F3 Crossroads Foundation Story
The Crossroads Foundation (F3 Crossroads Foundation, NFP) is an Illinois registered 501C.3 not-for-profit entity (EIN # 86-2094240). The co-founders, Jon Walrath and Kevin Thurlby, started this foundation as a way to do more for their community.
In 2019, Kevin started his fitness journey with a group of men from Naperville, IL. Their early morning workouts aligned well with his schedule and Kevin achieved great results working out with this group. Wanting to share this group with others from his neighborhood, Kevin started posting on social media to invite others to join. Jon’s wife shared these posts with Jon and with some convincing from other friends, he soon joined the workouts with Kevin in the neighborhood and achieved similar results.
While this local group did have support from a larger national group, it never formalized into anything more than just some guys getting together to workout. Additionally, participation in this group is limited to men only. Women in the neighborhood quickly noticed Kevin’s social media posts and asked to participate in the workouts, but had to be turned away. Realizing this left a huge void in the community, Jon and Kevin decided something more inclusive was needed.
They created the F3 Crossroads Foundation as a way to bring everyone, from all walks of life, together through fitness. They also have a larger vision to support more than just fitness goals, but a goal of a better community. A community that supports its local businesses, schools and individuals in need. The co-founders also have a large entrepreneurial spirit and felt it was also important to formalize a legal entity to protect its members and be properly insured to protect the liabilities of the local parks and businesses we support and work out in.
The vision for the Crossroads Foundation is that by getting FITTER, we are able to go FASTER and then together we can go FARTHER. We invite all individuals to join us, whether they are just starting their fitness journey or are avid marathoners. As a group, we can work together to help each other achieve our goals. It is not just about fitness, but also volunteering to create a better community. Our schools, businesses and even some individuals need support and we believe we can provide that support if we can work together.