More than $65,000 in charitable giveback to be distributed in the greater Louisville region in 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (October 8, 2019) – The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $65,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Louisville, Kentucky community in conjunction with the 2019 IRONMAN® Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health triathlon taking place on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.
The Louisville Sports Commission will be awarded a $10,000 Community Grant which will be used to help the Commission promote active lifestyles and enhance economic vitality by attracting, creating, and hosting quality sporting events in the Louisville area.
“The IRONMAN Louisville event is the preeminent brand name in endurance competition, and each year we look forward to creating great experiences for these visitors as they swim, bike and run through the neighborhoods and towns that make this race special,” said Louisville Sports Commission President & CEO Karl F. Schmitt, Jr. “Every year, our community comes together to embrace and support this event, and we appreciate the IRONMAN Foundation giving back in recognition of our efforts.”
Additionally, the Oldham County Fiscal Court will receive a $15,000 Community Grant to promote and support events hosted by the local Parks and Recreation Department. These funds will help provide Oldham County Fiscal Court with a new digital message center for downtown LaGrange, Ky. to help promote participation in events, such as IRONMAN Louisville, and provide healthy lifestyle information.
“The IRONMAN Foundation’s mantra is ‘Service Through Sport, Commitment to Community,’ which is exemplified through the work of the Louisville Sports Commission and Oldham Country Fiscal Court,” stated Kaitlin Brunner, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation. “We are very grateful for the community’s hospitality, for welcoming us for 13 years, and for allowing us to give back over $780,000 to community organizations throughout the region.”
The IRONMAN Foundation provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. The IRONMAN Foundation’s total historical giveback to the Louisville region will reach $781,500 this year. Additionally, it will distribute more than $1.8 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.
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.
About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Group, 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®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Group
Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.