National Governing Body secures $12,000 grant for paratriathlon program
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Following a 12-day voting period on Facebook, USA Triathlon was selected as one of six grand prize winners of the inaugural Team USA Grants. The grand prize is a $12,000 grant to assist programs within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family that aim to improve sustained competitive excellence, instill the Olympic Values and grow sport participation in the U.S.
USA Triathlon was one of two winners in the Excellence category for its “Veterans to Victors” program.
“On behalf of USA Triathlon, we’re honored to be voted as a winner in the Excellence category for Team USA Grants,” said Chuck Menke, marketing and communications director for USA Triathlon. “We believe the ‘Veterans to Victors’ program will aid greatly in the development of our Paratriathlon High Performance Plan as we prepare for the sport’s debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016. We’d also like to extend our appreciation to the U.S. Olympic Committee for providing this generous opportunity, as well as to our members and online community for voting.”
Applicants in the Excellence category sought funding for programs that aim to provide coaching, equipment, sport technology, sport science or training and competition expenses to competitive athletes in order to facilitate improvement and sport development.
The “Veterans to Victors” program will not only help introduce wounded U.S. veterans to the sport of paratriathlon through instructional camps, it will also promote a healthy lifestyle and provide a challenging competitive outlet. In addition, the program will assist USA Triathlon in identifying talented paratriathletes for the 2016 Paralympic Games, when the sport will make its debut in Rio de Janeiro. The program is designed help the U.S. maintain its position as the world leader in the sport of paratriathlon while also playing a key role in both the physical and mental rehabilitation of veterans.
“On behalf of the U.S. Olympic Committee, a big thanks goes out to the organizations who applied for Team USA Grants and also to all the people that voted on Facebook. Additionally, congratulations to the winning organizations for their commitment to spreading the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect through this initiative,” said USOC Chief Communications Officer Patrick Sandusky.
About Team USA Grants
As part of its Join Team USA initiative, which provides Americans with opportunities to support and join team USA, the U.S. Olympic Committee created the Team USA Grants to assist organizations within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Family and also provide a platform for fan interaction. To enter, eligible organizations submitted a video clip describing their program, its need for funding and how it met the criteria of the selected Olympic Value category. The top videos were then posted to the US Olympic Team Facebook page for fans to determine six grand prize winners, two from each category. The categories were excellence, friendship and respect. More information, including the Official Contest Rules, can be found at teamusa.org/teamusagrants.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 140,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.