Hometown Hero: Tough Team for Children

Hometown Hero: World's Toughest Mudder

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Their workouts will be no day at the beach, but the event a group of relatively new Savannah residents is training for will be a whole lot harder.

"If you're not challenging yourself, you're not living,'' said Amanda Mathew, one of the group's members. "And this was our next challenge and something we wanted to overcome as a team.''

Four friends who share a military background are putting themselves through the second coming of boot camp as they prepare for The World's Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour obstacle-course challenge in Atlanta this November.

If the natural reaction is to ask why, they have an answer.

"First and foremost, we wanted to do something challenging,'' said team member Ryan Hillman. "But we didn't want to do it just for the sake of doing something challenging. We wanted to make sure we were helping out some cause.''

"I'm definitely new to the area,'' added Andrew Sweeney. "And one of the easiest transitions I've made moving to a new area has been coming to Savannah, so I want to give back to Savannah.''

The group "Tough Team for Children'' will be raising money through donations and pledges all across social media the next several months for Greenbriar Children's Center, which provides safe shelter for at-risk children.

"If they do this type of training for some children, they don't know and probably will never meet,'' said Greenbriar Executive Director, Gena Taylor, "they certainly are committed to having an impact in the community.''

They've lived in Savannah for anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years, but Tough Team for Children already are WTOC Hometown Heroes, for the challenge they are accepting and why they have accepted it.

"This group, we all believe in pushing ourselves past limits, getting out of your comfort zone,'' said Christopher Stoudemire. "I think that's what makes any individual succeed in life.''

"I'm sure that the children and families that are going to be supported by the funds that they raise are going to certainly see them as Hometown Heroes,'' added Taylor. "Because we certainly do.''

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