Service project part of $60,000 in charitable giveback at IRONMAN Boulder triathlon
TAMPA, Fla. (May 31, 2018) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will partner with Paradox Sports to host an adaptive rock climbing clinic for visually impaired athletes. Paradox Sports, a non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado provides youth, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to get outside. The service project taking place on Friday, June 8 at Boulder Rock Club will bring together Paradox Sports, IRONMAN Foundation Ambassadors, and IRONMAN® athletes and volunteers. Paradox Sports will introduce nine visually impaired athletes and IRONMAN athlete volunteers to the sport of adaptive climbing, providing hands-on experience climbing and guiding.
In addition, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $60,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Boulder region in conjunction with the 2018 IRONMAN Boulder triathlon taking place on Sunday, June 10.
“Indoor climbing has exploded in popularity. Yet, climbing is still not accessible to everyone,” said Mike Neustedter, Executive Director of Paradox Sports. “We are excited to work with the IRONMAN Foundation to offer a group of people with visual impairments an equal opportunity to participate in a sport that so many athletes love.”
Volunteers participating in the June 8 service project with Paradox Sports include:
- Scott Leason, a Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlete, surfer and water-skier. Scott lost his sight in 1993 when he was shot in the head during a convenience store robbery. The bullet missed Scott’s brain but resulted in the loss of both of his eyes and his sense of smell. He has competed in multiple IRONMAN races and was the only visually impaired athlete on Team USA at the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by CAF.
- Jackie Faye, the first woman to race six IRONMAN events on six continents in one year. A military journalist with over a decade of experience, she is also the founder of She Can Tri, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and women. At this year’s IRONMAN Boulder, Jackie will run the last 1.68 miles wearing a 20-pound bullet proof vest to honor the 168 US service women who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Mike Reilly, IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team Captain and the Voice of IRONMAN.
- Rachel Joyce, pro triathlete and multi-time IRONMAN champion including 2017 IRONMAN Boulder. Rachel serves on the advisory committee for Women For Tri, a program dedicated to breaking barriers and bringing more women into the sport of triathlon.
- Derek Fitzgerald, IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador and the first American heart transplant recipient to complete a full-distance IRONMAN race.
“It’s an honor and privilege to support so many Boulder community organizations and their incredible work,” said Sarah Hartmann, acting Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a lasting and tangible impact here in Boulder. It will be a highlight to meet the Paradox Sports athletes at the service project, introduce them to our IRONMAN athletes and witness their inspiring resolve.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than $586,000 in the region since the first event in Boulder. In 2018 the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.7 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities.
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.
About Paradox Sports
Paradox Sports is a non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado that provides youth, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to get outside. Paradox strives to make parks and open spaces more accessible by providing adaptive rock climbing programs at iconic climbing locations across the United States. The organization also published the first ever-adaptive climbing manual and hosts adaptive climbing courses at gyms, universities and recreation centers nationwide. Through its adaptive climbing programs, participants gain the self-confidence, skills and independence to engage in the outdoors, access the beautiful places they love, and belong to a community that provides camaraderie, support and overall well-being. Learn more about Paradox Sports at www.paradoxsports.org.
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About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.