The Phoenix

Rise. Recover. Live.
Phoenix has become a very important part of my life, and I truly cherish my friendships with team members. They continue to inspire and motivate me to live a happy, healthy, and sober life. What a gift!
– Josh McClellan

Addiction is a rapidly growing national crisis. Today, 23 million Americans suffer from a substance use disorder, but only 10 percent have access to care. Rehabilitation and treatment programs serve as triage services in great times of need but fall short in establishing healthy behaviors and patterns for long-term sobriety.

The SOLUTION

The Phoenix (formerly Phoenix Multisport) fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals recovering from alcohol and substance abuse disorders, and who are choosing to live a sober life. Through pursuits such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, CrossFit, biking, socials, and other activities, they help members develop and maintain the emotional strength needed to stay sober, while also building a positive support network to ensure long-term, sustainable recovery.

At its core, The Phoenix facilitates human connection in a supportive environment. Physical activity is the mechanism through which Phoenix introduces individuals to the safe and supportive sober active community at the heart of the program’s success. Data from national surveys of Phoenix members demonstrate how setting goals, pushing physical boundaries, and connecting with others in recovery transforms participants’ self-image, enhances resilience, and taps into the strength inherent in the human condition. After just three months of participation, members report improved confidences in their ability to do whatever they put their minds to (73 percent) and cope with stress (78 percent), improvement in self-esteem (73 percent), and confidence finding purpose in life (79 percent).

Their Story

In 1997, Scott Strode made the decision to get sober. He found that vigorously pursuing an active lifestyle helped him maintain his recovery. Every time he crossed a finish line or summited the peak of a mountain, Scott took a step closer to healing his long-standing emotional wounds and damaged self-worth. Empowered by his accomplishments, he was eager to share his experiences and the transformative power of sport with others struggling to rebuild their own identity.

In 2006, on the ninth anniversary of his sobriety, Scott Strode founded The Phoenix, a community where people struggling with substance use disorders find a place of hope, a new sober network of friends, and a place where others believe in you until you can believe in yourself. Through Scott’s leadership, The Phoenix has established six chapters nationwide by establishing a strong common culture — anything that isn’t nurturing isn’t welcome.

S+ Partnership

The Phoenix is a 2016 S+ Catalyst. Through their participation in the Catalyst Program, Phoenix Multisport received training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.

Denver, Colorado
est. 2006
Leadership
Scott Strode
Founder and Team Director
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Originally from Pennsylvania, Scott landed in Colorado after 11 years in Boston. He found sobriety in Boston, on April 8, 1997. During his recovery journey, Scott vigorously pursued boxing and climbing, and developed a passion for mountain biking, triathlons, running, cycling, and almost anything that got him outdoors. With every physical accomplishment, Scott took a step closer to healing his long-standing emotional wounds. He has since dedicated his life in helping to establish a safe sober active community for others struggling to recover from substance use disorders.
Locations
Orange County, California
Boulder, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Boston, Massachusetts
Boise, Idaho
Success Metrics
6
Locations
16
Full-time instructors
19,000+
Lives impacted
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