IRONMAN Foundation to Support Waco Habitat for Humanity at Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN 70.3 Waco Triathlon
October 21, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (October 21, 2019) – In conjunction with the Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN® 70.3® Waco triathlon taking place on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 in Waco, Texas, the IRONMAN Foundation® will continue its mission of ‘Service Through Sport and Commitment to Community.’This includes a partnership with Waco Habitat for Humanity where athletes, staff, and partners will volunteer their time to assist with a local cleanup project. The IRONMAN Foundation will also distribute $22,500 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the Waco region.
“Waco Habitat for Humanity and the City of Waco community welcome these trained athletes in their unselfish efforts to improve our great community,” said Jeff Wall of Waco Habitat for Humanity. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of Waco Habitat and we could not function without organizations like the IRONMAN Foundation. Their support is fostering strength, stability, and hope in Waco.”
On Friday, Oct. 25, thirty IRONMAN athletes, partners, and staff will assist with cleanup of Waco Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, where individuals can purchase both old and new home improvement items for prices much lower than suggested retail pricing. In addition,the IRONMAN Foundation will provide a grant for $2,500 to the organization. These funds will go toward ensuring the dream of home ownership can become a reality for the region’s hardworking low-income families. The funding will be used to empower and educate future homeowners on what it takes to become a successful homeowner.
“The IRONMAN Foundation is honored to be partnering with Waco Habitat for Humanity” said Kaitlin Brunner, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation. “IRONMAN is about creating a sense of community, and through the support and generosity of our athletes and partners, we hope to make a difference in the Waco region.”
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.
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 Waco Habitat for Humanity
Waco Habitat for Humanity (WHFH) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. WHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. As of today, WHFH has constructed 176 new homes, and 441 repairs. WHFH ‘s partner families usually earn between 30% and 60% of median income and have very limited access to decent, affordable housing much less the opportunity of home ownership. WHFH is unique in its ability to provide partner families an opportunity to own a decent, affordable home. WHFH believes in the idea that home ownership is a sustainable solution to poverty housing that fosters the long-term stability of a community.
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.