Meet the mudder…
Hi, I’m Sam Schultz. I’m an architect and builder and a Program Director with Sawhorse Revolution.
I mudder because…
What happens on the Tough Mudder course is the same as what we’re doing at Sawhorse Revolution. Students are learning lifelong skills, and they’re using those skills to help out someone else in the community that has an obstacle to overcome.
Just like the Tough Mudder course, you need to have a team for Sawhorse Revolution. You can’t tip up the walls of a tiny house without a team, just like you can’t get through Pitfall without someone lending you a hand.
How did you get involved in non-profit work as an architect?
When I finished my master’s degree, I knew I really wanted to get into the world of design for Humanitarian Aid. I believe shelter and community space are a human right. More importantly, dignified, well designed, and well built space is a human right. That’s how I found my way into the non-profit world.
What is Sawhorse Revolution?
Sawhorse Revolution is a 501 C 3 Organization. We teach carpentry and architecture to high schoolers on the south end of Seattle. We’re giving our youth the opportunity to build walls and tear them down. Our programs are accessible and barrier-free. We’re trying to change the status quo of who a carpenter is; Carpenters nationwide are 80% white and 99% male. Sawhorse youth are 83% youth of color, and over half are women or non-binary.
We build things from little libraries to food justice projects to tiny houses to support our unhoused neighbors.
Thank you to Tough Mudder for giving our students an opportunity to run this course – they had a really great time! They saw similarities between Sawhorse and Tough Mudder.
If you want to continue to support work like this, check out our GoFundMe page.
Want a free entry to Tough Mudder?
You heard that right – start a GoFundMe for a charity of your choice and raise $1,000 (USD) or more in donations, and GoFundMe will send you a code to get your next Tough Mudder event for free! Learn more by clicking the link above.
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