In an effort to encourage athletes to read, Knowledge with Borders (KWB) – the Sharjah-based pioneering cultural project – has launched a sports library in collaboration with CrossFit Hour GYM, containing a large collection of sports books to serve the club’s members, its visitors, and workers, and to expand their knowledge in health and sports.
Commenting on the new initiative, Rashid Al Kous, General Manager of Knowledge without Borders, said, “We are keen through all our initiatives to promote reading and foster a love of the written word among various segments of the society. We already launched several initiatives for children, patients, travelers at airports, visitors to parks, cafes, and public places, as well as for government employees and customers at government bodies. Stemming from our eagerness to preserve the mental and physical health of athletes and develop their physical capabilities, today we are targeting the athletes who constitute a large and important category. We strive to encourage them to read and believe that having a library in the gym would draw their attention more to books and encourage them to take up reading as a daily habit to develop their knowledge.”
Mohammed Al Musharrakh, Director of CrossFit Hour Gym, lauded the outstanding initiative by Knowledge without Borders, which reflects the wise leadership of Sharjah’s interest in encouraging cultural work and achieving the integration of mental and physical health. “Reading plays a big role in character building, contributing to the realisation of the GYM’s vision to turn it into a place for body and brain building that goes with the famous proverb “a sound mind in a healthy body,” Al Musharrak added.
He noted: that “The Gym is organising the first weekly sports council in the Emirate of Sharjah to discuss issues related to sports, nutrition and health, with the participation of athletes and sportsmen from various fields.”
The new library will be available for reading within the Gym or for those who want to borrow books. It has a variety of books covering various topics, including sport, health, nutrition, fitness, and psychology, all in Arabic and suitable for all ages. The CrossFit Hour Gym was opened in Muwaileh, Sharjah, on October 2013. It is the first accredited by the US for CrossFit sports in Sharjah, where this sport is relatively new, and was founded in the United States. The CrossFit Hour is a fitness, health and lifestyle gym dedicated to the improvement of athletic performance and quality of life. It is inspired by the training of Special Forces and elite troops, and is classified as one of the best fitness regimens in the world.
Knowledge without Borders was launched as an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is closely supervised and supported by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of the Organizing Committee of KWB. The initiative aims at establishing reading as a noble habit in every household in the UAE, by encouraging the establishment of home libraries, and supplying these libraries with best reads in various domains suitable for the entire family.