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"32 Hokies" - April 16th Day of Remembrance

Once a year, as we have every year since 2010, many of us shall honor and remember those 32 souls who left our community too soon.

Maybe you will visit campus or take a long walk. 

We can only offer our sweat and our tears - and the promise to never forget. 

This April 15th, as never before, commit yourself to giving all you have to the workout "32 Hokies".

"32 Hokies"

7 rounds for time of:

4 Squat Clean & Jerks (135/95#)

16 Deadlifts (135/95#)

32 Double Unders

Progressions will be discussed during class that day.


We Are Virginia Tech. We are sad today and we will be sad for quite a while…We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly. We are brave enough to bend to cry. And sad enough to know we must laugh again. We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy.

We know we did nothing to deserve it.

But neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS.

Neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by a rogue army.

Neither does the baby elephant watching his community be devastated for ivory.

Neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water.

Neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized.

No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open hearts and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds.

We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid. We are better than we think, and not quite what we want to be.

We are alive to the imagination and the possibilities.

We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness.

We are the Hokies!

We will …prevail!

We will prevail!

We will prevail!


-Nikki Giovanni