Funding part of $25,000 in charitable giveback at 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George
TAMPA, Fla. (May 1, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will award a $6,000 Community Grant to Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue to purchase new dive and water rescue equipment that will increase water safety for their volunteer responders and thousands of residents in the local community. Including that grant, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $25,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the greater Washington County region in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® North American Pro Championship St. George triathlon taking place on Saturday, May 6.
In addition to Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue, two local non-profit organizations will receive Community Grant awards during IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George race week. Healthy Dixie Council will use its award to fund its “Play Unplugged” program, which supports 10,000 local youth by getting them outside and away from their electronics during the summer months. Switchpoint Community Resource Center will use its grant to support “Dixie Trek,” a program that creates life-enriching experiences for the underprivileged children and teens served by Switchpoint’s emergency homeless shelter, food pantry and community resource center. Recipients will be awarded their respective grants at a presentation on Friday, May 5 during the noon athlete briefing at the IRONMAN Village in Town Square.
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.
“It’s an honor to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a lasting and tangible impact here in Utah.”
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, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 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 260 events across 44 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.
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.