Thanks to IRONMAN’s charity arm, the IRONMAN Foundation, US$25,000 in charitable giveback for local causes is on its way at the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St George, Utah, taking place on Saturday 6 May. The charitable giveback is being made to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Washington County region.
The IRONMAN Foundation will award a US$6,000 community grant to Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue to purchase new dive and water rescue equipment that will increase water safety for their volunteer responders and thousands of residents in the local community. In addition to Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue, two local non-profit organizations will receive Community Grant awards during IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George race week.
Healthy Dixie Council will use its award to fund its ‘Play Unplugged’ program, which supports 10,000 local youth by getting them outside and away from their electronics during the summer months. Switchpoint Community Resource Center will use its grant to support ‘Dixie Trek’, a program that creates life-enriching experiences for the underprivileged children and teens served by Switchpoint’s emergency homeless shelter, food pantry and community resource centre. Recipients will be awarded their respective grants at a presentation on Friday 5 May – during the noon athlete briefing at the IRONMAN Village in Town Square.
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 US$1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.
“It’s an honour to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a lasting and tangible impact here in Utah.”