Funding part of almost $50,000 in charitable giveback at 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 SUPERFROG
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will provide a $34,000 donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation in conjunction with the IRONMAN® 70.3® SUPERFROG triathlon taking place on Sunday, September 24 in Imperial Beach, California, bringing the total awarded to $174,000. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $15,500 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Imperial Beach region, including the Optimists Club of Coronado and the Islander Sports Foundation.
The original and longest running half-distance race, the SUPERFROG Triathlon was founded in 1979. The challenging course was designed by a group of Navy SEALs stationed at the US Navy SEALs center in Coronado to both prepare them for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i and to enhance their training.
“Today’s world is a safer place thanks in large part to our U.S. Navy SEALs and the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, but not without a significant sacrifice from those warriors, support personnel, and their families. Our job at the Navy SEAL Foundation is to support this amazing community, and we could not do it without the generosity of the IRONMAN Foundation and the participants of this event. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the historic IRONMAN 70.3 SUPERFROG triathlon,” said Sara Berry, Director of Marketing and Communication at the Navy SEAL Foundation.
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the 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 16 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs can spend up to 270 days each year away from their families. 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.
“Navy SEALs are the elite warriors who put their lives on the line every single day, taking on some of the most perilous missions to protect our country,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “It’s important for us to do our part to support those in the field and their families at home. The IRONMAN Foundation is honored to support the Navy SEAL Foundation and our other local nonprofit partners to create long-lasting and tangible impact.”
IRONMAN Foundation race entries were made available to athletes participating in the event, with $175 from each of those entries serving as a tax-deductible donation towards The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2017, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.5 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 IRONMAN 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 Foundation programs to more than 6,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN 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, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN 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 Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, 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 200 events across 50 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 and 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.
About the Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community and its families, the families of the fallen, wounded NSW warriors, transitioning NSW veterans as well as post-9/11 SEAL and SWCC veterans. The Foundation stands behind these warriors and their families by providing a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury or loss. Like the community it serves, the Foundation is a solid, high-performing organization committed to excellence. In 2016, 95 cents of every dollar donated went directly to current or future programs. This year the Navy SEAL Foundation received its 6th consecutive 4-star rating and its second ‘perfect 100’ score from Charity Navigator, a top charity watchdog, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency (top .6% of all rated charities). To learn more, visit www.navySEALfoundation.org or contact us at 757.363.7490
The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501c3 national nonprofit charitable organization. TAX-ID 31-1728910. It is a non-federal entity, and it is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components. It has no governmental status.