“Aiming to leave a positive impact on local communities in conjunction with the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Ironman World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission, the Ironman Foundation will distribute 115,000 dollar in giveback to charitable initiatives and groups within the region.”
In collaboration with different host cities around the world, the Ironman Foundation supports many local charity programs. This year, the total donation would come down to about two million dollar, Ironman stated in a press release.
Nine non-profits supported
A part of the 115,000 dollar – approximately half of it – will be spread out over nine local non-profit organizations: Make-A-Wish Utah, Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance, Southern Utah Ladies Society, Southwest Utah Community Health Center, Switchpoint Community Resource Center, Washington County Children’s Justice Center, Washington County School District Foundation, and the Zion Forever Project.
Some of the support that the above nine organization provide the community with: family and play therapies for children; a school-based bike program for local schools that improves students’ cognitive, physical, and socio-economic well-being; a new product aeroponic produce farm to provide nutritional food for a soup kitchen and food pantry; and the provision of additional school supplies for local children.
What’s left of the funds is donated to various other smaller volunteer-based organizations.
“We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to give back to these incredible organizations in Greater Zion”, Audra Tassone-Indeck, Executive Director of the Ironman Foundation, said. “Not-for-profits faced monumental challenges the past two years. What these groups are doing is awe-inspiring – working tirelessly to help the neediest community members while also cheering on and supporting the highest of athletic endeavors.”
‘We’ve Got Your Back (Pack)’
From May 3 until May 6 athletes and their supporters get a chance to help support the local community, by helping at the “We’ve Got Your Back (Pack)” program. Athletes and supporters can help pack 100 backpacks containing attributes that should support children to adopt an active lifestyle. It’s possible to help until Friday. You can find the “We’ve Got Your Back (Pack)” stand on the Ironman expo.