MuckFest MS Los Angeles: Team Men at Twerk, Ross Girard and Scott Backman
We’re super excited to chat with Ross Girard, team captain of LA’s team Men at Twerk, and one of his teammates, Scott Backman.
First off, meet Ross Girard.
MuckFest MS: What made you first decide to do MuckFest® MS?
Ross: I was hanging out with a few members of my kickball team. We play in a gay league, and our team is also named Men at Twerk. We were talking about how we’ve always wanted to do a mud and obstacle run – an athletic challenge that is fun and a bit out of the ordinary. I got an email from the National MS Society about MuckFest MS, and the rest is history. Seriously, it’s such a fun way to raise money to support the fight against MS, which is a cause that I’m very passionate about. I’m lucky to have a great group of friends who quickly came on board to support the cause and take part in the event. Also, a shout out to our female teammates! We’re not all men on team Men at Twerk – we’ve got some ladies too!
MuckFest MS: Why is supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society important to you?
Ross: A close family member of mine has been living with MS for much of her adult life, and I’ve seen firsthand how unpredictable and scary this disease can be. The work that the National MS Society is doing both for research and in helping people living with MS is really fantastic, and I want to do whatever I can to help support the organization and their efforts.
MuckFest MS: What are you most excited for at MuckFest MS Los Angeles?
Ross: I’m excited to get muddy, of course! I love a good challenge, and I’m really looking forward to pushing myself and my teammates to get through the mud and obstacle course. Most of all, I’m excited for the experience we’ll have together and for being able to spread awareness about MS.
MuckFest MS: What is your number one fundraising tip?
Ross: The best thing I’ve found so far is to spend some time writing personal emails to friends, family, and co-workers. It can be intimidating asking people for money, but if you take the time to personally explain to people why donating is so important, it makes a big difference. Also, ask a lot of people for just a small donation. With enough people, even the smallest donations can add up big!
We’re also excited to catch up with one of Ross’ teammates, Scott Backman.
MuckFest MS: What initially made you decide to register for MuckFest MS?
Scott: Our team captain’s family member was diagnosed with MS, and we all joined him in support.
MuckFest MS: What is your number one team spirit tip?
Scott: Our number one team spirit tip is instilling “fear” into everyone to make sure we all finish. Whoever comes in last has to buy dinner for everyone that night.
MuckFest MS: What is your mindset going into your first MuckFest MS adventure?
Scott: To bring a positive attitude, have fun and get dirty!
MuckFest MS: Which obstacle are you most excited for at the event?
Scott: Well, duh! The Big Balls.
MuckFest MS: How did you come up with your team name?
Scott: Because we know how to twerk, and we’re darn good at it!