IRONMAN Foundation Supports Local Youth Initiatives in Lake Placid
July 23, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (July 23, 2019) – The IRONMAN Foundation® today announced that it will distribute over $70,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the greater Lake Placid region in conjunction with the 2019 ViewSPORT IRONMAN® Lake Placid triathlon taking place on Sunday, July 28 and the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3® Lake Placid triathlon in September. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than $1,700,000 in the region since inception.
“It’s an honor to support so many incredible local community organizations and causes, and especially the local youth of the Lake Placid region,” said Sarah Hartmann, Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a tangible and lasting impact in Lake Placid for years to come.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2019, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.8 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities. This year, Volunteerism Grants will be awarded to multiple local groups and Community Grants will be awarded to 12 organizations within Lake Placid and the surrounding areas. The grantees include:
- Adirondack Health
- Essex County Sheriff’s Office Benevolent Fund
- Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Co No .1
- Lake Placid Community Beautification Association
- Lake Placid Cross Country Team
- Lake Placid Outing Club
- Lake Placid Police Benevolent Association
- Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department
- Lake Placid Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition, Inc.
- Outbackriders, Inc.
- United States Luge Association
- Wilmington Historical Society
As a recipient of an IRONMAN Foundation Community Grant, organizations can carry out their missions and address specific needs within their communities. Adirondack Health will receive a $2,500 IRONMAN Foundation Community Grant to offer a free, six-phase swim safety program for financially qualified children. This initiative will help to reduce the risk of drowning, encourage lifelong aquatic physical activity and promote health equity throughout the region.
“Given our location in the heart of the Adirondacks, a primary goal of our aquatic programming is to teach children and adults to swim and observe water safety principles,” said Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health President & CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of the IRONMAN Foundation, we are able to expand those offerings and reach wider audiences in the mountain communities we serve.”
The Lake Placid Outing Club offers more than 100 free, life-enriching activities for local youth all year round. With a $2,500 IRONMAN Foundation Community Grant, they will be able to host three stand-up paddle board outings for local children who are attending summer school. This opportunity will allow the Lake Placid Outing Club to continue teaching children the value of teamwork and build self-esteem through the satisfaction of achievement, caring for others, and stewardship of the environment.
About the IRONMAN Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in 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 8,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series 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, Rock This Town™, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
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 www.ironman.com.
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.