The USA Triathlon Foundation is accepting applications for the second annual USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running. Team members are charged with raising awareness for the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation and encouraging participation in their local communities, all while serving as brand representatives for Newton Running. The application window runs from November 4 to November 22.
The ambassador team is based around the everyday triathlete with a passion for giving back. Through local service projects, community outreach activities and beginner triathlon clinics, ambassadors will embody the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation: to support and promote triathlon, and to open pathways to triathlon to those for whom it might not otherwise be possible.
Outreach activities will support one of the foundation’s three key focus areas: encouraging every child to participate; inspiring every paratriathlete to compete; and igniting young athletes’ dreams of competing at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
“We have so many amazing individuals in our sport of triathlon, as made apparent by the passionate and committed members of our inaugural ambassador team in 2019,” said Caroline Condon, Fundraising Programs Coordinator for the USA Triathlon Foundation.
“We look forward to witnessing the impact that the 2020 ambassador team will continue to have on the sport, through both personal philanthropic support and grassroots outreach to aspiring triathletes nationwide.”
The team is powered by Newton Running, the exclusive running shoe partner of USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation, which has emphasized social responsibility and community giveback as part of its business model since being founded in 2006.
“Newton Running is proud to partner with the USA Triathlon Foundation to bring together a very special group of athletes to represent our common values,” said Wendy Lee, Director of Global Sales and Philanthropy for Newton Running.
Ambassador team members will participate in service projects onsite at the Legacy Triathlon in Long Beach, California, on July 18; and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee on August 8-9. Service projects will support local triathlon communities and multisport-focused charities in each host city.
Additionally, ambassadors will raise a minimum of US$1,000 each for the USA Triathlon Foundation. That funding will go toward deserving individuals and organizations in the multisport community in support of the foundation’s three focus areas.
Throughout the triathlon season, ambassadors will also share the mission and vision of the foundation through personal stories on their social media channels and in multisport-focused media outlets.
In addition to age group ambassadors, three US elite athletes will be chosen to be team captains. Team captains help lead community service efforts while using their social media platforms to advance the foundation’s mission and vision.
The inaugural 2019 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team introduced 40 youth to multisport through community engagement programs at the Legacy Triathlon and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships; raised more than $30,000 for the triathlon community; and brought awareness to both the USA Triathlon Foundation and Newton Running.