Funding part of $25,000 in charitable giveback at 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George
TAMPA, Fla. (May 2, 2018) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will award a $1,500 Community Grant to Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance to support its bicycle education programming at 28 elementary schools in Washington County, encouraging students to ride to school while providing them with the tools needed to ride confidently. Including this 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 2018 IRONMAN® 70.3® North American Pro Championship St. George triathlon taking place on Saturday, May 5.
In addition to Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance, six local non-profit organizations will receive Community Grant awards during IRONMAN 70.3 St. George race week. Girls on the Run Southern Utah will use its award to provide running equipment and healthy snacks for local girls. Utah Food Bank will use its grant to support its Mobile School Pantry program in St. George. The Rotary Club of Dixie Sunrise St. George Foundation will use its grant to support Washington County Search and Rescue, increasing water safety for its volunteer responders and thousands of residents in the local community. Assistance League of Southern Utah will provide additional books to expand their literacy programs, instilling a love of learning in local school children. The Learning Center for Families will purchase much needed supplies for its programs serving vulnerable families in Southern Utah. The Washington City Concert Band will use its grant award for instruments and concert expenses to enrich the lives of its musicians and local concert-goers.
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events are held. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than $373,000 among 75 organizations in the St. George region. In 2018, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.7 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, Acting Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a lasting and tangible impact here in Utah.”
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 charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation 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® 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 & 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.