Grants fund initiatives by triathlon clubs to grow female participation
TAMPA, Fla. (March 8, 2018) – In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women For Tri®, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation, today opened applications for its 2018 Triathlon Club Grant Program. The grants support local triathlon clubs as they undertake activities including clinics, seminars and educational lectures, social gatherings and related activities to increase women’s participation in the sport of triathlon.
“We are excited to launch this year’s club grant applications and look forward to our seventh and eighth grant rounds this cycle,” said Kyrsten Sinema, Chair of the Women For Tri Advisory Committee and U.S. Representative from Arizona. “The growth of our club grant program in 2017 included our first set of international pilot grants, and we anticipate further expansion of global club grants this year. In the past several years, we have seen incredible growth of women’s participation in triathlon, largely in thanks to our partners in this effort and triathlon clubs around the US and the globe.”
This year, Women For Tri will again offer multiple grants of up to $2,500 per grant for triathlon clubs who will utilize the funds to support women’s engagement initiatives, including brining first-timers into the sport. The grants are open to triathlon clubs globally and are not limited to those that are women-only. Grants will be dispersed in two rounds: the first in April and the second following the IRONMAN World Championship in October.
Since its inception in 2016, the Women For Tri Triathlon Club Grant Program has provided more $183,000 in funding to triathlon clubs dedicated to the Women For Tri mission of engaging more women in triathlon. In 2017, grants were provided to 23 clubs in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Western Australia.
To apply and learn more about initiatives of previous years’ grant recipients, visit www.womenfortri.com/our-community/triathlon-club-grants.aspx.
About Women For Tri
Women For Tri®, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities. Since inception, over $183,000 in grants have been awarded to triathlon clubs supporting female participation initiatives. Women For Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: testing your ability, overcoming challenges, and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – triathlon. Learn more at www.womenfortri.com and join the Women For Tri online community of 40,000+ female triathletes at www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri.
About The IRONMAN Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 6,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
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