Team Impact brings more than muscles Craig

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Cinder blocks -- check.

Steel bars -- check.

Louisville Sluggers -- check.

Handcuffs -- check

An odd shopping list, but it's one that members of the Calvary Baptist Church of Craig have been working for a year to complete in preparation for the visit of Team Impact.

"We have 10 committees working on different things to get this ready," Pastor Rod Compton said. "Everything is ready and in order."

Team Impact will have its first public performance at 7 p.m. today at the Craig Middle School Auditorium. A performance that is billed as "the most electrifying performance of strength, force and power human eyes have ever seen."

What a crowd can expect to see are men who are former NFL athletes, world strongest man competitors, and world-class body builders showing off their feats of strength.

They will perform for the public Wednesday through Sunday nights. They will also make two appearances at Moffat County High School, one at Craig Middle School and one in Hayden.

The program for the schools is a focus on providing a message of motivation and inspiration in academic excellence, anti-drug and alcohol, peer pressure and other teen issues.

What community members who come to watch will see is a little different.

"The team is entertainment with a message," Compton said. "These men all have tremendous testimonies about their lives and how God has impacted them."

Compton said he first learned of Team Impact when he lived in Houston and he thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to bring them here.

"These guys have the personalities and abilities to draw a crowd," he said. "This is the optimum time to have a family event in Craig because January is one of the slower months for things to do."

As the host for the athletes, Compton said he is amazed by how disciplined they are while on the road.

"They have four meals a day at specific times and do a specific work regimen every day," he said.

"All while they are keeping in shape they travel to 1,000 schools a year as well as doing public performances."

More can be learned about Team Impact at www.team-impact.com. There is no charge for the event but a $2 donation at the door is suggested.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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