Unleashing Inner Champions

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Here, we celebrate triumphs over adversity and highlight the incredible achievements of individuals who have defied limitations to pursue their sporting passions. Through compelling stories and captivating images, we share the transformative impact of HOCF's assistance in enabling these athletes to reach their full potential. From overcoming physical challenges to conquering personal barriers, each athlete's narrative embodies resilience, determination, and the power of unwavering support. Explore these empowering tales and witness firsthand the profound difference made possible through the invaluable work of HOCF in championing inclusivity and accessibility in sports for all.



Lauren Farhat's journey extends beyond her personal achievements in athletics. Guided by her favorite motto, "if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together," she aspires to empower fellow adaptive athletes and foster positive change in the realm of adaptive athletics. Using her platform as an athlete, Lauren is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and accessibility, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the opportunity to pursue their dreams with determination and support. Through her advocacy and example, she aims to create a world where movement is celebrated as a form of self-expression and where barriers to participation are dismantled, allowing everyone to thrive and excel.



Her Story

Born in 1995 in Detroit, Michigan, Lauren Farhat's journey has been one of resilience and triumph over adversity. From a young age, she faced the challenges of a hip deformity and limb deficiency known as Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), undergoing numerous surgeries in attempts to correct it. Despite the hardships and frequent hospital visits, Lauren refused to let her circumstances define her. Raised primarily by her single mother, Shelly, Lauren drew inspiration from her mother's unwavering work ethic and dedication to providing for their family. Determined to contribute and alleviate some of the financial strain, Lauren began working as a golf caddie at age 12, earning the prestigious Evans Scholarship—a testament to her academic excellence and financial need. After graduating college and entering the workforce, Lauren discovered CrossFit, where she found her true calling. With the support of mentors like Mat Fraser and Kerry Sproles, she quickly rose to prominence in the adaptive athlete community. In 2023, Lauren made her debut at the CrossFit Games and went on to claim first place in her division at the WheelWod Games, showcasing her skill, determination, and hard work.

Russell Allmandinger

At the House of Champions Foundation, we celebrate the achievements of those who have turned adversity into victory. Our founder, Russell Allmandinger, is a testament to this, transforming physical challenges into a platform for inspiring others. Join us as we champion the achievements of the amputee and disabled communities.



His Story

Russell Allmandinger, born in 1985, faced immense adversity from infancy due to severe bilateral club feet. Despite undergoing over 30 surgeries and enduring physical challenges, he embraced an active lifestyle, excelling in sports like baseball and powerlifting. At 15, his mother's terminal lung cancer diagnosis shifted his role to that of a caregiver for his family, teaching him the value of resilience from a young age. In 2021, Russell chose to break free from medication dependency and embraced CrossFit as a path to healing. Discovering a new sense of purpose and drive, he began to rebuild his life, becoming a competitive CrossFit athlete. His passion for competition led him to achieve notable rankings in the CrossFit Open, demonstrating his relentless determination and resilience in overcoming challenges.

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