The IRONMAN Foundation Partners with My Own 2 Feet & Wheels to Provide Chattanooga Homeless with Bikes and Running Equipment
September 19, 2017
Ridgeland High School JROTC also to receive Community Grant as part of $126,500 in charitable giveback to the greater Chattanooga region in 2017
TAMPA, Fla. – The IRONMAN Foundation® will partner with My Own 2 Feet & Wheels, a running, walking and biking program created to support and motivate the Chattanooga homeless community with a Community Grant to purchase new bikes and running equipment. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $50,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Chattanooga region in conjunction with the 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN® Chattanooga triathlon presented by McKee A Family Bakery taking place on Sunday, September 24. The IRONMAN Foundation’s overall giveback in Chattanooga in 2017 will be $126,500, bringing the total awarded to-date to $351,500.
“Robert Gustafson and I are excited beyond words to receive this funding from The IRONMAN Foundation,” said Rita Fanning, Co-Manager of My Own 2 Feet & Wheels. “With this grant, our participants will receive new bicycles, helmets, bike locks and shoes and it will allow us to continue our running/walking program. We have been elated with the program’s success and have found that participants gained self-confidence, a healthy lifestyle and self-sufficiency.”
In addition, a Community Grant will also be awarded to the Ridgeland High School JROTC in Rossville, Georgia. The grant will provide new equipment and support their program to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their country and community. Both grants will be awarded at the Welcome Ceremony on Friday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Ross’s Landing.
“We are truly honored to partner with My Own 2 Feet & Wheels, the Ridgeland High School JROTC and to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we’re creating a tangible and lasting impact in the Chattanooga region.”
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 On My Own 2 Feet & Wheels
On My Own 2 Feet & Wheels is a running, walking and biking program created to motivate the Homeless community and provide individuals with group exercise to help build self-confidence and promote a healthier lifestyle. Runners are encouraged and taken to run in competitive races. Our Bicycle program provides Bicycle Safety classes, instructions on how to care for their bicycle as they ride with a group for two months, then finish with a 15 mile ride – at which time they have earned this new bike to keep with a bike helmet and bike lock. Our vision is to promote a healthy lifestyle and self-sufficiency with an end result of using their bicycle as transportation to a job. To learn more, visit www.onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com