Over 700 athletes competed in the historic IRONMAN 70.3 SUPERFROG triathlon on September 27, 2015 to benefit storied Military organization.
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2015) – The IRONMAN Foundation® Community Fund provided a $90,000 donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation this past weekend as part of the IRONMAN® 70.3® SUPERFROG triathlon in Coronado, California that served as a charity fundraising race. The IRONMAN Foundation race entries were available to athletes participating in the event, with $200 from each of those entries serving as a tax-deductible donation towards The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund.
“The birth of IRONMAN started with U.S. Naval Commander John Collins and wife, Judy, issuing a challenge to combine the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim with 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race, followed by a 26.2-mile run on the same course as the Honolulu Marathon. In 1978, 15 competitors embraced the challenge and the world’s most demanding and iconic endurance race began,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “We are humbled to go back to our military roots with this incredible event and are honored to have The IRONMAN Foundation make this donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation and give back to those who serve our nation every day.”
The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, their families, and the families of the fallen, wounded and also transitioning NSW veterans. U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 13 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs are currently deployed in over 35 countries across the globe and spend up to 270 days each year in harm’s way. The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind these warriors and their families by delivering comprehensive, world-class programs that specifically address the community’s unique needs.
“Intense training, physical strength, mental toughness and the desire to finish — IRONMAN athletes and Navy SEALs share a natural kinship,” said Robin King, CEO, Navy SEAL Foundation. “IRONMAN continues to be an inspiring partner committed to supporting Navy SEAL warriors and their families. This contribution has a direct impact on our capacity to serve our community in times of achievement, adversity and greatest sacrifice.”
“The IRONMAN Foundation is able to provide givebacks to support causes in communities where we hold our IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events. We are able to do so through the generosity of our athletes who contribute to our community fund,” said David Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation.
In 2015, the IRONMAN Foundation will donate over 1.5 million dollars to support nonprofit initiatives globally. For more information on IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org. For media related inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Navy SEAL Foundation, please visitwww.navySEALfoundation.org
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 250 events and 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 email@example.com.
About the Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, their families, the families of the fallen, wounded NSW warriors and transitioning NSW veterans. U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 14 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs are currently deployed in over 35 countries across the globe spending up to 270 days each year in harm’s way. The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind these warriors by delivering comprehensive, world-class programs that specifically address their community’s unique needs. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a solid, high performing organization committed to excellence. Ninety-five cents of every dollar donated goes directly to current or future programs. This year the Foundation received its 4th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability and transparency. To learn more, visit www.navySEALfoundation.org or contact us at 757.363.7490 or info@navySEALfoundation.org.
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