The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to provide more than US$8,000 in life-saving equipment to the Madison Police Department as part of the 2018 IRONMAN Wisconsin, which takes place on Sunday, September 9th.
In addition, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute a further US$80,500 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Madison region in conjunction with IRONMAN Wisconsin – bringing the total awarded to date to US$1,127,500 to more than 200 local organizations.
Now in their fifth year of partnership, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the IRONMAN Foundation program has provided more than US$342,000 in equipment to 27 first responder organizations in 12 IRONMAN race communities. As part of the latest distribution, the Madison Police Department will receive 20 helmets and helmet mounted lights and accessories.
“Both of our organizations strive to show our deep appreciation for our first responders,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. “We are proud to collaborate with the IRONMAN Foundation year after year by providing these first responders with life-saving equipment and impacting so many of our communities.”
“The IRONMAN Foundation is honored to recognize the live-saving sacrifices of the brave men and women who are on the front lines of their communities,” said Michael Lynn Sills, IRONMAN Foundation Community Relations Manager. “It is our privilege to partner with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and support their mission. Together we are able to make a tangible impact within the community of Madison.”
The IRONMAN Foundation’s additional US$80,500 in grant funding to local groups will include a US$35,000 grant to the Madison Area Sports Commission to support the programming of Dane County youth organizations that connect children to sports activities.
Additionally, the IRONMAN Foundation, in partnership with FLO Cycling, will host a ‘Bike for a Kid’ pop-up service project in the IRONMAN Village on September 6-7th. IRONMAN Wisconsin athletes, along with their families and friends, are invited to visit the IRONMAN Foundation booth to assemble a bike for local kids in need. A total of 50 bikes will be built and distributed to children within the region, providing a tangible link between athletes and the host race community.