IRONMAN Foundation and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Team Up for Student Workshops with a Focus on Healthy Living

November 15th, 2018

IRONMAN Foundation and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Team Up for Student Workshops with a Focus on Healthy Living

Project part of charitable giveback and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation support at 2018 IRONMAN Arizona Triathlon

TEMPE, Ariz./TAMPA, Fla. – Leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN® Arizona triathlon on November 18, the IRONMAN Foundation® along with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will come together to facilitate tribal youth workshops in the Tempe and Scottsdale areas, focusing on healthy living. Additionally, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $50,000 to non-profit groups in the area.

IRONMAN athletes will join the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Salt River High School (SRHS) to aide in student workshops, focusing on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. SRHS students in grades 7-12 will participate in a speed bike-build along with health and wellness workshops with local IRONMAN athletes from Salt River, and IRONMAN athletes from around the globe.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to not only have our students learn from some of the most dedicated athletes in the world and in our Community, but to also have students make the connection that prioritizing health and wellness honors their O’odham and Piipaash heritage,” said Rob Barnes, Salt River High School Assistant Principal..

The speed bike-build is part of “Bike for a Kid”, a pop-up service project hosted by the IRONMAN Foundation and in partnership with FLO Cycling. IRONMAN Arizona athletes, along with their families and friends, are invited to visit the IRONMAN Foundation booth in IRONMAN Village on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT each day. A total of 100 bikes will be built and distributed to children within the region, including students at Salt River Elementary School. In addition, the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation will receive a $10,000 Community Grant from the IRONMAN Foundation.

“We are very grateful for an IRONMAN Foundation grant,” said Robert Scabby, Chairman of the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation Board.  “By leveraging the funding and multiplying the opportunities it opens up, we are able to extend helping hands and lift our tribal children to see clearer, richer vistas in their future lives.”

“The IRONMAN Foundation, our partners, staff and volunteers are incredibly honored to be able to spend time with the Salt River High School students,” said Michael Lynn Sills, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation. “To be able to give back and make a lasting and tangible impact in the community is truly humbling and we are grateful for the opportunity.”

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 $910,000 in the Tempe region. In 2018, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.7 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to provide more than $33,000 in critical life-saving equipment to the Tempe Fire Department and Tempe Police Department.

The Tempe Fire Department will receive five rapid extrication systems, allowing patients to be transported quickly and securely. In addition, the Tempe Police Department will be adding 20 motorcycle helmets with wired headsets allowing officers the ability to safely and effectively communicate while on duty.

Now in their fifth year of partnership, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the IRONMAN Foundation program has provided more than $375,000 in equipment to 29 first responder organizations in 12 IRONMAN race communities.  Please visit for more information on the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

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About the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community authorized the creation of the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation under its umbrella in February 2003.  The Foundation’s fundamental purpose is to promote the health, education, and welfare of its Community youth.

About Salt River Schools

Salt River Schools provides cradle-to-career academic and wraparound services to youth and families of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Along with serving more than 2,000 students in schools outside of the Community, Salt River Schools provides education to more than 900 students at the Early Childhood Education Center, Salt River Elementary School, Salt River High School and the Accelerated Learning Academy. Additionally, Community members seeking job-related and post-secondary education opportunities are served through the Salt River Schools Higher Education department. The purpose of Salt River Schools, in partnership with the Community, is to provide EXEMPLARY EDUCATION in a safe learning environment IMMERSED IN THE O’ODHAM and PIIPAASH CULTURES in order for all students to secure a successful future.

About Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs Founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they knew they could do more and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $37.7 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

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 7,800 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


As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit  

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.

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IRONMAN Foundation and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Team Up for Student Workshops with a Focus on Healthy Living

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