Peak Experiences climbing gym hosts fundraiser to benefit Blackhawk Gym

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Residents honored Special Agent Michael Walter Saturday afternoon by supporting a cause that was near to his heart.

A fundraiser for Blackhawk Gym, where Walter coached wrestling was held Saturday at Peak Experiences climbing gym in Midlothian.

Special Agent Michael Walter, who was killed in the line of duty in May, helped organize the fundraiser for Blackhawk Gym prior to his death.

Those involved in organizing the event said that they hope it will help Walter’s legacy live on.

“The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming,” Blackhawk Wrestling co-founder and president Richard Fitzsimmons said.

Richard Fitzsimmons co-founded Blackhawk Gym along with Special Agent Michael Walter.

Saturday, people came out for cornhole, free indoor climbing, and a cookout, all to raise money to help the gym championed by Special Agent Walter who was killed in the line of duty back in May.

“Every bit of help we can get from the community obviously helps us to keep moving forward with his legacy of building character,” Fitzsimmons said.

The fundraiser for Blackhawk Gym was actually already in the making before Walter passed away.

“This is actually something that Mike had started to line up and was working on,” Fitzsimmons said.

Peak Experiences organizers said that they were more than happy to get involved.

Neil Headley, operations manager at Peak Experiences

“Everybody’s been very excited,” Neil Headley, the operations manager at Peak Experiences said. “We’ve been getting calls all week from people thanking us for putting this event on and we’re more than happy to do so. It’s a great evening.”

More fundraisers are on the way, including a July 23 benefit wrestling tournament at New Kent High School which is being put on by other wrestling clubs from across the Commonwealth. This event will be to benefit the family of Special Agent Walter.

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