The IRONMAN Foundation Gives Back To The Greater St. George Community

April 27th, 2015

Since inception, The IRONMAN Foundation® has provided more than $32 million in charitable contributions to support global non-profit initiatives

TAMPA, Fla. (April 27, 2015) – The IRONMAN Foundation® Community Fund will distribute more than $55,000 in grant funding to initiatives and groups in the greater St. George area in conjunction with the IRONMAN® 70.3® St. George triathlon taking place on Saturday, May 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 the 2015 donations from the IRONMAN Foundation, nearly $275,000 has been given since the first IRONMAN event in St. George. In 2015, The IRONMAN Foundation will provide more than $1.5 million to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.

Community Grants

The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will provide a total of $42,200 in community grants which are given to local non-profit beneficiaries that will use the funds toward initiatives to better the area. “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 greater St. George community with these community grant awards.” All community grant recipients will be announced in the IRONMAN Village in the Town Square on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 2015.

Beneficiaries of those 2015 grants are listed below:

  • DOVE Center – a $10,000 grant will be given to allow their program to increase community awareness and prevention education in an effort to reduce incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault, thus increasing safety in the community.
  • Snow Canyon State Park – a $10,000 grant awarded to fund the removal of speed bumps and installation of speed humps.
  • Girls on the Run of Southern Utah – a $7,200 grant will be awarded to give 30 under-served girls the opportunity to learn essential life skills and core values for living an emotionally healthy and physically active lifestyle.
  • Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance – a $6,500 grant will be awarded to do a demonstration project and correct at least one problem curb-cut in each of five major local cities.
  • Utah Foster Care Foundation – a $5,000 grant will be awarded to support their Wishing Well program that provides children in foster care with enrichment activities and talent and skill development to improve their self-esteem and help “normalize” their foster care experience.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah – a $2,500 grant will be awarded to provide computer hardware and software and power tools to improve technology and enhance their ability to manage data and track volunteers, and construct and repair properties for low-income families.
  • BOOYAH Foundation – a $1,000 grant will be awarded to update their website in order to increase reach and access to families impacted by tragedy and in need of assistance.

Volunteer Grants

The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will also provide $15,000 in grant donations to local non-profit groups that have a volunteerism component to their organizations. “The mission of The IRONMAN Foundation is to leave IRONMAN’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making, and to support various non-profit organizations around the world. We are thrilled to make a positive impact through volunteer grants in St. George again this year,” said Betsy Langan, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation.

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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

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


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