Malibu Rallies to Replace Stolen Gym Equipment

Raise the Weights

Locals are uniting to raise $5,000 in an effort to replace stolen gym and workout equipment at Malibu High School.

On April 30 — while students were on spring break — burglars made off with barbells, weights, kettle balls, workout machines and other equipment from a storage container on the MHS campus. Most of the stolen equipment was old and rusted.

“The strength and condition program at MHS led by Coach Vince Goldberg has thrived on the basics and frequently hosts more than 30 students and athletes from the football, basketball and other teams,” according to a media release. “Some students come for a team workout while other guys and girls attend the weights program without any sports affiliation but out of a desire to improve their overall fitness. This loss was a tragic blow to these teens.”

In response, locals are turning the negative into a positive by organizing a workout competition and fundraiser. CrossFit Malibu owner Mike Anderson is hosting a gauntlet-style “Raise the Weights” event on Saturday, June 7.

Participants can pay $20 for a friendly weightlifting competition beginning at 8 a.m. at 3728 Cross Creek Rd. in the Civic Center. Adults and students in sixth grade or above are allowed to participate. 

For those not wanting to compete, donations can also be made to The Shark Fund for the cause. Participants can register in person or online here.