Maddie Potts Fitness Challenge honors Chariho soccer star


The Maddie Potts Foundation is hosting the Maddie Potts Fitness Challenge on Aug. 11 in memory of the Chariho soccer star who collapsed and died. (WJAR)

“Forever 11” remains a strong message throughout the Rhode Island soccer community in memory of 17-year-old Maddie Potts.

The Chariho senior soccer star collapsed on the field during a varsity soccer game on Sept. 17, 2017, while taking a free kick. She had a brain hemorrhage.

“Early on, my husband and I were walking and we knew we needed something like this,” Stephanie Potts, Maddie’s mom, told NBC 10 News.

“But we didn’t want it to just be soccer and lacrosse either. We wanted something for all fitness levels. Maddie included everyone possible and we wanted to do the same,” she said.

The Maddie Potts Foundation is hosting the Maddie Potts Fitness Challenge on Aug. 11.

The events will be all-inclusive for children to adults. While this year they were not able to get any courses for those with disabilities, it’s a goal of theirs for the new annual event.

“For the student-athletes, we suggest strength and agility and/or speed and agility courses. We are really looking for teams to do this and any team at that. It doesn’t have to be just soccer. It’s really geared toward fitness,” Potts said.

The challenge is made up of nine different, one-hour stations beginning at 8 a.m, from crossfit-style intensity, to walking, to yoga.

The event is capable of hosting 1,500 people, but the family would like to honor Maddie’s No. 11 with at least 1,100 people.

The New England Revolution soccer team will be holding two, one-hour sessions geared toward middle and high school students. Those will be held at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The signup fee is $40. Participants receive a T-shirt, bracelet and Maddie Potts sticker. The first 400 people to sign up get a bonus prize.

Registration closes Aug. 10.