IRONMAN Foundation’s Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts to be Supported by Singer and Songwriter Ryan Kinder at IRONMAN Florida
September 24, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. – The IRONMAN Foundation will return to Panama City Beach for IRONMAN® Florida on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 to activate Humanitarian Relief initiatives in response to Hurricane Michael with the support of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ryan Kinder. As part of the response initiatives, the IRONMAN Foundation will grant multiple Humanitarian Relief Effort grants awarded in partnership with HOKA ONE ONE and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with a grant funded by IRONMAN Announcer Tom Ziebart’s Tour de Tom campaign.
In partnership with FLO Cycling, the IRONMAN Foundation will host a “Bike for a Kid” pop-up service project in the IRONMAN Village Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 1. Additionally, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $125,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the Panama City region, bringing the total awarded to date to $1,030,200 in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast and IRONMAN Florida.
“IRONMAN is about creating a sense of community, and through the support and generosity of our athletes like Ryan Kinder and partners like HOKA ONE ONE and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, we hope to be able to make a tangible difference in Bay County’s continued recovery,” said Sarah Hartmann, IRONMAN Foundation Executive Director.
Ryan Kinder will participate in events throughout the race weekend, including racing with TEAM IMF alongside 10-year NFL veteran and longtime IRONMAN Foundation supporter Don Davey and IMF Ambassador Derek Fitzgerald, the first heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor to finish an IRONMAN® triathlon, as well as volunteering with athletes, partners and staff for the IRONMAN Foundation’s hands-on community rebuilding project. Additionally, Kinder will perform at the exclusive “Concert for Relief” event at the IRONMAN Florida Welcome Banquet, where he’ll encourage participants to bring a children’s toy or non-perishable food item for the chance to win prizes. Children’s toys will be delivered by Kinder’s charity Kinder’s Kids to youth impacted by Hurricane Michael.
The IRONMAN Foundation has established multiple initiatives to continue Hurricane Michael relief efforts, which devastated Panama City Beach and the surrounding Bay County in October 2018. With support from HOKA ONE ONE, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Ryan Kinder and the global IRONMAN community, activations will kick off a series of events ahead of and during the race weekend:
- Wednesday, October 30 – Friday, November 1 – Bike for a Kid in IRONMAN Village, where participants will build 100 new bikes which will be donated, along with 100 helmets, to local children.
- Thursday, October 31 – Ryan Kinder will perform the “Concert for Relief” at the Welcome Banquet, starting at 5:30 PM. Following the concert, the IRONMAN Foundation will award multiple Humanitarian Relief Effort grants in partnership with HOKA ONE ONE and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as well IRONMAN Announcer Tom Ziebart’s Tour de Tom campaign.
- Saturday, November 2 – Race day with TEAM IMF athletes Ryan Kinder and NFL veteran Don Davey, along with IMF Ambassador Derek Fitzgerald, the first heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor to finish an IRONMAN®
- Sunday, November 3 – Join the IRONMAN Foundation’s Service Project Day from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. along with 150 athletes, volunteers, staff, and partners to rebuild local homes in partnership with international disaster rebuilding partners, All Hands and Hearts and Team Rubicon. Nutrition, hydration and event t-shirts will be provided. Registration at ironmanfoundation.org/florida.
To support the IRONMAN Foundation Humanitarian Relief Effort Campaign, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/relief. For more information on the community rebuilding project on Nov. 3, go to www.ironmanfoundation.org/florida.
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.