Archer man to compete in national bodybuilding competition to give back to veterans

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JONESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — “I just want to give back to my brothers and sisters who are struggling in life,” it’s that mindset that brings Bennie Crawford to the gym at six a.m. for a workout. for this year’s Mr. Health and Fitness online bodybuilding competition.

“Once I start training and doing stuff, it gets me going in life and it keeps me healthy. It keeps me motivated and that’s why I’m doing exactly that now,” Crawford said.

Bennie grew up in Archer and spent twenty-two years in the military with multiple tours in Iraq.

He hopes to use this contest to advocate and support veterans.

“The world and society can see if I can do something like this, they can try harder to do better for veterans,” Crawford said.

Bennies’ love of fitness took off in the military, but started much earlier watching his dad.

“When he was little, every time I lifted he wanted to lift. He would look at me and I would look at him and when I would go up, he would go up,” Bennie Crawford Sr. said.

He now has many family members involved in the world of bodybuilding and fitness.

If Bennie wins the contest, he will receive twenty thousand dollars which will be used for a specific purpose.

“I will be opening a gymnasium for disabled veterans and retired veterans, foreigners will be welcome,” Crawford said.

the online contest will begin on April 26 and there will be four rounds of public voting that will end on June 2.

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