The IRONMAN Foundation Kicks Off 2017 Season in Oceanside with Junior Seau Adaptive Surf Clinic Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation
March 29, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. – The IRONMAN Foundation® will engage in their first charitable givebacks for the 2017 season with an adaptive surf clinic for youth as part of the Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Youth Surf Program presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, taking place on Sunday, April 2, 2017. This will be the first of eight service projects the IRONMAN Foundation is scheduled to lead for 2017. In addition, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute over $33,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Oceanside, California community in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® Oceanside triathlon taking place on Saturday, April 1.
The clinic will host up to twenty kids with physical challenges that will spend the morning learning to paddle and surf at Oceanside Pier with the assistance of volunteers including professional triathletes, coaches and IRONMAN TriClub athletes from The IRONMAN Foundation’s new “TriClubs in Service” initiative. The Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Surf Program presented by Challenge Athletes Foundation provides the opportunity for kids with physical challenges to learn how to surf, improve their skills and ultimately share in a lifestyle sport that so many in Southern California enjoy, while celebrating the legacy of Junior Seau, the former San Diego Chargers linebacker who lived in Oceanside and surfed regularly.
CAF Executive Director, Virginia Tinley said, “We are very grateful to the Junior Seau Foundation and the IRONMAN Foundation for advancing our program to teach and develop the next wave of challenged athletes in Adaptive Surfing. With surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we are hopeful that inclusion in the Paralympics will be next; these kids can shoot for the podium or just have a lot of fun learning to surf.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteer grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where North American 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, including a grant program to support organizations with a volunteerism component.
“We are honored to support so many outstanding local community organizations,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a lasting and tangible impact in Oceanside. Last year, volunteer grant funding was distributed among 47 community groups in the region.”
Since its inception in 2003, The IRONMAN Foundation has worked with multiple non-profit organizations in the form of charity partnerships. CAF is the Official Charity Partner of the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside triathlon. CAF’s Team Operation Rebound is on track to raise over $200,000 to help injured troops heal through sports and get them from the frontline to the finish line. With over 100 fundraisers and an inspiring team of challenged athletes competing, CAF’s mission to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics will come to life on April 1.
Partnering with an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 event provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and educate others about their cause while raising valuable funds towards their mission. Through these partnerships, $5.8 million was raised to support their respective missions in 2016 alone, and $24.4 million since the beginning of The IRONMAN Foundation’s charity partnership program. The partnership between The IRONMAN Foundation and CAF has raised over $4.2 million over the years that have provided adaptive sports equipment, coaching, mentoring and competition travel to include giving hundreds of challenged athletes the opportunity to participate in IRONMAN events globally.
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.
About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $80 million has been raised and nearly 15,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give opportunities and support to those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles To learn more, visit www.challengedathletes.org.
About Junior Seau Foundation
Junior Seau established the Junior Seau Foundation in 1992 to raise money and resources for programs that inspire young people to face life’s challenges with enthusiasm, hope and dignity. The Foundation assists programs and activities that educate and empower young people, including through the support of child abuse prevention efforts, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-juvenile delinquency programs, and youth oriented educational programs. The Junior Seau Foundation has donated over $4 million to local youth organizations and other such worthy causes in San Diego County since its inception.