The Ironman Foundation is partnering with The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF) to award US $100,000 in grants for first responder groups in seven communities where Ironman races will take place between August 3 and November 16, 2014. The eligible races include: Ironman Boulder, Wisconsin, Chattanooga, Florida, Arizona, the Ironman World Championship in Kona and Ironman 70.3 Princeton. The Ironman Foundation’s aim is to give back to race communities where Ironman events are held.
The grants awarded will be for the purchase of critical, life-saving equipment. “This initiative builds on the solid history of both Foundations in supporting the important work of first responders across the United States,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The Ironman Foundation. “We look forward to continuing these efforts through the partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.”
In 2013, the Ironman Foundation provided more than US$85,000 in grants to support groups such as fire and police departments and emergency medical services in the United States. “Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation along with The Ironman Foundation are grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As Ironman athletes prove that ’Anything is Possible,’ we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”
Grant awards through the FHSPSF and IMF partnership will range from US$10,000 to US$14,000, with the maximum award of US$15,000 per organization. Groups interested in applying are encouraged to visit ironmanfoundation.org. The Ironman Foundation’s Community Fund has provided more than US$13 million since its launch and is expected to give back more than US$1.6 million in grant funds in 2014.