Special grant given to Methodist Children's Home as part of inaugural Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN 70.3 Waco Triathlon
TAMPA, Fla. / WACO, Texas (November 1, 2018) – The IRONMAN Foundation® received a $25,000 donation from Bicycle World Texas in conjunction with the inaugural Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN 70.3® Waco triathlon that was held on October 28, 2018. The funding will support multiple local nonprofit initiatives, including a special $5,000 grant to the Methodist Children’s Home.
Methodist Children’s Home was founded in Waco, Texas as an orphanage and today serves more than 5,000 children annually across Texas and New Mexico through residential group care, foster care and other family services. The IRONMAN Foundation grant will be used to support the Methodist Children’s Home track and field team, an activity open to 130 charter school students. The growing program has earned eight state championships through the Texas Christian Athletic Foundation over the last two years.
“Extracurricular activities are critical to our students’ success and a tangible way they experience hope,” said Allison Crawford, Director of Benefactor Relations for Methodist Children’s Home. “They help build confidence in our young people as they grow in their own abilities and skills. For many of our students, participation in track or other athletics is one of the first opportunities they have had to receive positive encouragement. We are grateful to the IRONMAN Foundation and Bicycle World Texas for supporting these important programs.”
IRONMAN Foundation acting Executive Director Sarah Hartmann presented the grant at the Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN 70.3 Waco triathlon Awards Ceremony in Indian Spring Park following the race, congratulating the participants, thanking athletes, families and fans for their support of the sold out event as well as Bicycle World Texas for their generous support of the IRONMAN Foundation. Hartmann also announced that the IRONMAN Foundation would return in 2019 for a service project, providing athletes, families, partners and staff with a hands-on experience during race week.
“The IRONMAN Foundation mantra is ‘Service Through Sport, Commitment to Community,’” said Hartmann. “Bicycle World Texas has embraced this mantra with their generous contribution, allowing us to support incredible nonprofit organizations and leave our IRONMAN legacy in Waco throughout the year. We are tremendously grateful.”
“The IRONMAN Foundation creates a legacy of service and stewardship in every host city,” said Todd Behringer, Bicycle World CEO and President. “We share the same values of community and family and investing in the next generation of athletes. This donation highlights Bicycle World’s commitment to building thriving sports programs and facilities, expanding competitive sports the whole city can enjoy and support.” Behringer is an avid triathlete having competed in 17 IRONMAN triathlons, including the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2018, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.7 million in grant funding to support the needs of race communities around the world.
About Bicycle World Texas
Bicycle World Texas is a premier cycling company with six stores across Texas and has served triathlete needs since 2004. Bicycle World Texas and Waco Running Company are managed by The Behringer Group, LLC, a Waco based business development firm owned by Todd Behringer.
About Methodist Children’s Home
Methodist Children’s Home was founded in Waco, TX as an orphanage and today serves more than 5,000 children annually across Texas and New Mexico through residential group care, foster care and other family services. Throughout its history, as the needs of children and families have evolved, MCH has adapted and expanded its services and has become a national leader in childcare.
About the IRONMAN Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 7,800 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.