During the month of August of 2020, Republic FC and Suncrest Bank teamed up to help small businesses suffering from the effects of the pandemic. The program, Republic FC Kickstart, focused on giving $10,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses that had been heavily impacted by coronavirus.
The Hundreds Unit is a Sacramento-based diverse network of women who work out collectively for 6-8 weeks, to perform at professional events.
The Hundreds Unit concept was created by Venetia James in 2016 and has since performed all over Sacramento including Republic FC matches, Kings and River Cats games, V101 concerts, California State Fair, Cal Expo, Black Women United marches, Oakland’s Black Joy Parade, and a 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium.
The events draw hundreds of people and the idea behind the Unit is to inspire women to commit to the entirety of the 6-8-week dance and fitness program. The process exposes women to different workout regimes and encourages them to stive to accomplish their health and wellness goals. Essentially, the program is designed to nurture the mind, body, and soul, long term, through empowerment provided through the Units.
“I know how amazing it feels to dance in front of an audience, and I wanted to give that opportunity to other women,” Venetia James told Sac Mag in a June 2020 article. “The brand itself is about every woman, every shape, every size and ability. We’re about diversity and building each other up.”
Since its inception, James has encouraged and inspired hundreds to join the fitness group and even though the organization promotes health and wellness, it’s the internal impact that makes Hundreds Unit so special and important for the community.
“That is the whole point, to inspire and celebrate women to the point of changing lives,” James said in the article. “If you feel good about yourself, you’re going to be a better mother, wife and friend. Not only are you stepping outside of your comfort zone; you are also going after a dream that never was realized because of how you felt about yourself or maybe you didn’t have the training or the look. It’s less intimidating because you know you are part of a community.”
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