Local nonprofit benefits from MTV reality show

Seeing people struggle through obstacle courses on TV shows like “American Ninja Warrior” and “Wipeout” is a guilty pleasure for a lot of people. But Bay State residents watching this season of MTV’s “The Challenge” should feel better about their viewing habit. Why? Because the reality stars were competing for charity, and one for a local cause fighting the opioid crisis.

During the finale of “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars” Tuesday, Chris “C.T.” Tamburello’s team competed against former NFL receiver Terrell Owens to win a share of the $150,000 cash prize for their respective charities. In a battle of initials, C.T. and T.O. went head-to-head and C.T. came out on top, winning $55,000 for the charity FIGHT

Called Film Intervening Getting High Team (FIGHT), the new nonprofit gives people in recovery opportunities to tell their stories, and the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism has pledged to generate print and online versions of those stories.


FIGHT was founded by Charlestown native Johnny Hickey, the writer-director of the 2010 movie “Oxy-Morons,” about a Boston gang who commit a series of robberies driven by their addiction to Oxycontin.

Obviously, the launch of FIGHT and the finale of “The Challenge” coincided to provide the nonprofit with some timely publicity — at least among the reality TV viewers with a soft spot for giving back.