The USA Triathlon Foundation last week announced the 14 organizations awarded a share of the first-ever Foundation grant program, with more than US$52,000 in funding set to be used toward opportunities for youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls in the 2015 season.
Grant recipients were selected based on applications establishing or developing programs and support for one of the Foundation’s three focus areas. The 2015 grant awards best reflect the vision and mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation… building a healthier America by opening pathways to triathlon for individuals who might not have found it possible otherwise, which ensures that the next generation of young aspiring triathletes, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls enjoy the same opportunities and experiences as the many donors who made these grants possible.
“We were thrilled by the level of interest in our inaugural grant year, and by the quality of applications that we received. We had many more worthy applicants than funds to disburse,” said Jacqueline McCook, President of the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees.
“We hope that with increased support throughout the triathlon and multisport community, the Foundation will be able to increase its grant pool significantly in the years to come. We have a tremendous opportunity to pay it forward, and provide access to a new generation of youth, paratriathletes and young Olympic hopefuls, truly helping dreams come true.”
The 2015 USA Triathlon Foundation Grants were awarded to the following 14 organizations:
- Atlanta Triathlon Club: Atlanta, Georgia — To enable low-income youth in the Atlanta area to participate in a youth triathlon training program, to encourage racing and to promote health and fitness through the sport of triathlon
- Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF): San Diego, California — To support a training camp for paratriathlete youth
- CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation: Monroe, Connecticut — To help fund the 2015 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Programs, in remembrance of budding triathlete Chase Kowalski, the students and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy
- Dare2tri: Chicago, Illinois — To support the Kids Camp, which serves both youngsters who might be experiencing adaptive sports for the first time, as well as accomplished youth paratriathletes looking to improve their skills and get to the next level
- HS Tri Club: St. Louis, Missouri — To assist with entry fees to triathlons, buy triathlon apparel for high school teens and encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle through the sport of triathlon
- iCan Junior Triathlon Club: Fresno, California — To provide scholarship funds for at risk and under-served youth so they may participate in triathlon programs and youth triathlons in the Fresno area
- Marquette Yes3 Tri Club: Milwaukee, Wisconsin — To support a triathlon program geared for Hispanic middle school students and their families in Milwaukee
- Oakland Triathlon Club: Oakland, California — To enable the participation of Oakland’s diverse and low-income youth in triathlons through a junior outreach program
- Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (ROD): Boise, Idaho — To support the ROD’s Junior Team and a Children’s Triathlon Camp in Boise while raising awareness for the adoption of orphans with Down Syndrome
- Team Tri Youthalon: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — To provide triathlons and the knowledge of how to live healthy lifestyles for inner city at-risk youth and their families in Philadelphia
- Tri Masters Sports Initiative Programs: Chicago, Illinois — To provide a youth program focused on teaching and engaging minority youth in the sport of triathlon
- US Military Endurance Sports: Boulder, Colorado — To enable wounded veterans with disabilities to participate in triathlons
- USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Region Paratriathlon Committee: Washington, DC – To support the Mid-Atlantic Region Paratriathlon Youth Clinic targeting 7-15 year olds
- USA Triathlon Tri For Change: Cincinnati, Ohio – To equip under-served youth in the Cincinnati area with triathlon gear and training assistance so they may compete at the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships in West Chester, Ohio on 1-2 August