Since inception, The IRONMAN Foundation® has provided over $32 million in charitable givebacks globally to support non-profit initiatives
TAMPA, Fla. (July 28, 2015) – The IRONMAN Foundation® Community Fund will distribute $50,000 in grant funding to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Boulder, Colorado community in conjunction with the 2015 Blueprint for Athletes IRONMAN®Boulder triathlon taking place on Sunday, August 2, 2015. The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteer grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where U.S. IRONMAN® events are held. With this most recent donation from The IRONMAN Foundation, a total of $121,000 has been given back to the Boulder community this year. In 2015, The IRONMAN Foundation will provide more than $1.5 million to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.
The IRONMAN Foundation provides charitable support to a variety of local non-profit organizations that recognize citizens in need and support The Foundation’s mission. The Foundation works with community leaders to identify projects and initiatives and to provide funding in order to support worthwhile causes. This year, The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will provide a $10,000 community grant to a local non-profit beneficiary in the Boulder region. “Grant funding is one way that The IRONMAN Foundation leaves a lasting legacy in the communities where IRONMAN races take place,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation. “We are thrilled to support the Boulder community with these community grant awards.”
The recipient of the Community Grant in Boulder is Paradox Sports, who will use the funds to serve 40 veterans, civilians, and youth with disabilities in life-changing, perception-shattering adventures in the outdoors climbing rock and ice, and on adaptive mountain and river expeditions. “The grant from The IRONMAN Foundation aligns well with our mission and directly supports our life changing programming,” said Executive Director of Paradox Sports, Doug Sandok. “Paradox Sports not only supports individuals in discovering what they are capable of, but also creates adaptive sport communities that connect people who have disabilities with able-bodied individuals. We create bridges and bonds in the outdoor community for our veterans, creating a holistic approach to changing people’s perceptions of difference and possibility.”
Community grant recipient Paradox Sports will be honored at the Athlete Welcome Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Boulder High School.
Within IRONMAN’s race communities, The IRONMAN Foundation provides a grant program to support organizations that have a volunteerism component. This year, The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will provide an additional $40,000 in volunteer grant donations. “We are thrilled to expand The IRONMAN Foundation’s reach and impact through volunteer grants in Boulder,” said Christine Perkins, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. Last year, volunteer grant funding was distributed among 42 community groups in the region.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF), will also provide an additional grant of $15,180 to the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG) in support of first responder groups. This donation will be used to procure a complete set of portable radios for technical mountain search and rescue response and field communications. RMRG’s representative Steve Dundorf explained, “These portable radios will greatly enhance safety, efficiency and could potentially save lives. We greatly appreciate The IRONMAN Foundation’s and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s support of RMRG and all of those we serve.”
“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with The IRONMAN Foundation, is grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As IRONMAN athletes prove that ‘Anything is Possible,’ we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”
IMF-Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team
The IRONMAN Foundation Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team, in its third year of existence, will also be giving back in Boulder. The goal of the team is to have athletes share the concept of service through sport and commitment to community. The IRONMAN Foundation and Newton Running recruited athletes from across North America to represent the team and share the goodwill of giving back to race communities. The athletes on the IRONMAN Boulder team have raised $14,500 which will be donated to the Boulder Bridge House in support of their Ready to Work program, which creates a culture of opportunity for Boulder’s homeless and working poor.
“Our partnership with Newton Running has allowed us to come into a community and showcase that IRONMAN is so much more than an amazing endurance event,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation. “It is about IRONMAN, our partners and athletes making a difference in our race communities through the sport of triathlon.”
Your Journey, Your Cause
The IRONMAN Foundation also provides registered athletes with the platform to fundraise for The Foundation or a non-profit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their IRONMAN event. These athletes have signed up to participate in The IRONMAN Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” fundraising program. Through their participation with The Foundation, these athletes are racing for greater than themselves, and are giving back to non-profit organizations to make their race experiences more than just crossing the finish line – they are racing for a cause. Collectively, all of The Foundation’s Your Journey, Your Cause athletes have raised over $200,000 for their respective causes in 2015.
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. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About The IRONMAN Foundation
Since its inception in 2003, The IRONMAN Foundation® has made philanthropic contributions totaling more than $32 million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide. The mission of The IRONMAN Foundation is: To leave IRONMAN’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making; by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit non-profit organizations around the world. The IRONMAN Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given $11 million to hometown heroes in 41 states and Puerto Rico. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities of first responders and public safety organizations in communities served by Firehouse Subs. For more information, visit FirehouseSubs.com/Foundation.
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