The IRONMAN Foundation® will distribute $60,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the greater Idaho Panhandle and Spokane regions in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® Coeur d’Alene triathlon taking place on Sunday, August 27, including new goggles for the City of Sandpoint’s lifeguards. Community Grants will be awarded to the Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department, Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County, Kootenai Health Foundation and North Idaho College Foundation.

“We’re truly grateful for The IRONMAN Foundation’s support of our lifeguards,” said Kim Woodruff, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Sandpoint. “These new googles will facilitate underwater grid search in a safe and more effective way and impact countless lives.”

The Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department will use their Community Grant to support multiple recreation and fitness activities in Kootenai County, including Specialized Needs Recreation. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center will use their grant to fund the “Third Grade Learn to Swim Program,” where for eight years, thousands of local children learn to swim annually. Grant funding will support multiple initiatives for the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County, Kootenai Health Foundation and North Idaho College Foundation.

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 $1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.

“It’s an honor 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 long-lasting and tangible impact here in Idaho.”

To learn more about the total IMPACT the IRONMAN Foundation has given back to the IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene race community, click HERE.

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