Tom Hirtz: Lifting Weights, Learning Values

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

From the late 1960s to the early 1980s Tom Hirtz was a force to be reckoned with on Olympic-style weightlifting platforms, and now he uses his passion for the sport to help youth offenders turn their lives around.

Inspired weightlifting coach Tom Hirtz takes care of some paperwork right before the 2007 IronWorks Open (Springfield, Oregon).  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
Inspired weightlifting coach Tom Hirtz takes care of some paperwork right before the 2007 IronWorks Open (Springfield, Oregon).  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.

This program was just given some richly-deserved television coverage, which came about because, “The local assistant district attorney got involved and made it happen,” Hirtz told IronMind:

Heavy weights and a heavy lesson for at-risk teens
Teenagers inside Serbu Juvenile Justice Center use weights to strengthen the mind.

Blend Tom Hirtz, passion, vision and community support—the results can save lives.


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