Since inception, The IRONMAN Foundation® has provided more than $30 million in charitable givebacks to support global non-profit initiatives
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2014) – The IRONMAN Foundation® Community Fund will distribute $50,000 in grant funding to initiatives and groups in the greater Tempe, Arizona community in conjunction with the 2014 IRONMAN® Arizona presented by Waste Management triathlon taking place on Sunday, November 16, 2014. The IRONMAN Foundation’s contribution will provide support to non-profit needs and initiatives within the local community. Collectively, a total of over $1.6 million has been provided to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities in 2014.
Through the Community Fund, The IRONMAN Foundation will donate funds to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to support their youth initiatives in Arizona. With over 38% of the population of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community under the age of 18, the needs of children and youth are a clear priority for this Native American tribe.
The IRONMAN Foundation, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF), will also donate one grant of $8,960 to the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department to show support of first responder groups. This donation will be used to procure sonar equipment which will allow their diving team to avoid putting rescuers in dangerous situations by providing mobile search capabilities. “Victims of water incidents often are trapped by unseen hazards below the surface. Having the ability to recon the search area before committing divers will greatly enhance safety and could potentially save lives,” said Fire Captain Frank Reed.
“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with The IRONMAN Foundation, is grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As IRONMAN athletes prove that ’Anything is Possible®,’ we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”
For the second year, The IRONMAN Foundation has partnered with Boulder-based Newton Running to form “The IRONMAN Foundation – Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team.” A team of athletes from across the country, upholding the concept of “Service through Sport and Commitment to the Community,” these athletes are asked to participate in a team community service project in the days leading up to their selected IRONMAN race events. Additionally, each athlete is asked to commit to fundraising to support a local cause in their race community. Sixteen members will be representing the team at IRONMAN Arizona and have identified Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) as the beneficiary of a hands-on service project and the fundraising efforts of their team. KEEN is a national, non-profit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. The IRONMAN Foundation – Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon team members have raised nearly $30,000 to donate to the organization.
The IRONMAN Foundation also provides registered athletes with the platform to fundraise for the Foundation or a non-profit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their IRONMAN event. These athletes have signed up to participate in The IRONMAN Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” fundraising program. Through their participation with The Foundation these athletes have been touched by something greater than themselves and are giving back to non-profit organizations to make their race experiences more than just crossing the finish line – they are racing for a cause. IRONMAN Arizona athletes have raised a total of $25,713 for their respective causes, while collectively all of the Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” athletes have raised nearly $300,000 for their respective causes in 2014.
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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. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About The IRONMAN Foundation
Since its inception in 2003, The IRONMAN Foundation® has made philanthropic contributions totaling more than $30 million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide. The mission of The IRONMAN Foundation is: To leave IRONMAN’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making; by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit non-profit organizations around the world. The IRONMAN Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3). For more information contact email@example.com.
About Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given $11 million to hometown heroes in 41 states and Puerto Rico. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities of first responders and public safety organizations in communities served by Firehouse Subs. For more information, visit http://www.firehousesubs.com/Foundation.
About Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department
The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is an “all hazards” department that responds to all types of incidents including fires, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials response, technical rescues and much more. Additionally, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue promotes emergency preparedness, fire prevention and a variety of life safety programs.
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