Our events offer the chance to express power and strength, while enacting change and advocating for issues that deserve exposure and discussion.
All WSC competitions take place in a supportive and fun community environment, and are inclusive and identity-affirming.
Lift for Planned Parenthood, April 2017
Our first event raised over $14,000 for Planned Parenthood. LFPP offered lifters and supporters a chance to express their strength, while redefining what it means to protest.
“I have wanted to take action for a while, but I felt helpless and I didn’t know how,” wrote one LFPP lifter, a first time competitor in the sport of powerlifting, “The concept of putting myself out there and doing what I love while supporting an important cause really resonated with me.” The event resonated with others as well, and registrations sold out in just six days.
"Absolutely incredible! The meet was well-run and efficient, the environment was incredibly supportive and super welcoming for first-time competitors. I loved every minute of it, and would 110% participate in another WSC event!" -Alexandra
Pull for Pride Nationwide, June 2017
This deadlift-only friendly competition happened in four different cities throughout the month of June, and raised a total of $30,000 for nonprofits that are dedicated to providing mental health care, housing, basic needs, and supportive services for homeless youth and the LGBTQ community.
The deadlift is a simple lift that is imbued with meaning: coming forward to face a challenge, and succeeding through the simple mechanism of one’s own strength. In true “Pride” fashion, PFP is completely inclusive of all people and strength/skill levels. Unlike traditional meets, Pull for Pride is non-gender specific (open to trans and cis, intersex, agender, non-binary, women, men), and prescribes no dress code or weight classes. If you want to lift, you get to lift.
"The whole event was not just a great concept but a SOLID follow through. It felt so inclusive, and the whole room was buzzing with energy. Powerlifting meets can be so musclehead-y, but there were no judgements and plenty of high fives and rainbow flags - and, like, also some really heavy weight being pulled." -Katie
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