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USA Triathlon Foundation 2018 Grant Recipients
The Happy Tooth Foundation
Chapel Hill, N.C.

General funding for a triathlon camp for underserved youth, including but not limited to bike and helmet purchases, running shoe purchases, salaries, clothing and other gear purchases, groceries and gas.
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Vanderbilt Pediatric Rehabilitation 
Nashville, TN

Providing support for an athlete buddy program that pairs able-bodied children and children with special needs to compete in triathlons together as a team and maximize the participation of both children.
Tri 4 Schools 
Dane County, WI

Encouraging kids ages 3-14 to live an active and healthy lifestyle through swimming, biking, and running programs and events that support school wellness initiatives. Reducing barriers to participation so that any child can participate, regardless of physical ability or financial status.
Athletic Mentors LLC
Richland, MI

Encouraging and providing opportunity for youth to participate in sport, particularly those sports that are not available in schools.   
i-tri: Inspirational Triathlon Racing International 
East Hampton, NY

An inclusive, community-based program that fosters self-respect, personal empowerment, self-confidence, positive body image and healthy lifestyle choices for adolescent girls through the sport of triathlon. 
Children’s Health/Triple Threat Tough Triathlon Team 
Frisco, TX

Supporting the T.R.I. Teens program, a joint effort of Children’s Medical Center and Triple Threat Tough Youth Triathlon Team to introduce the sport of triathlon to children who struggle with obesity.
Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center
Rochester, NY

Offering free entry to the Finger Lakes Triathlon to children who are dealing with chronic medical conditions. The “Tri to Overcome” program will provide triathlon training clinics, advice from mentors on overcoming medical challenges, free race entry and a custom Finger Lakes Triathlon race jersey. 
CORE Foundation 
Reston, VA

Extending the existing summer enrichment triathlon program at Cornerstones’ Laurel Learning Center to become a year-round VIP experience culminating in CORE’s Reston Youth Triathlon in May. Offering paid entry fees, training support and gear to children who are experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise be exposed to the sport.
Ochsner Therapy and Wellness for Children 
Metairie, LA

Growing the TRI My Best triathlon into an annual adaptive triathlon for children with special needs, and expanding the opportunity to kids in the New Orleans,Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. Each athlete will be paired with with two able-bodied “buddies”, helping to forge a connection with the greater active community in the area. 
Achilles International 
New York, NY

Supporting a paratriathlon clinic for people with all types of disabilities, enabling them to participate in mainstream athletics, promote personal wellness, increase
self-esteem, and lower the barriers to living a fulfilled life.
Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club 
Mullica Hills, NJ

Providing support for a triathlon program focused on empowering women of all ages through the sport of triathlon. Funds will be used to offset the cost of Girls on the Glow, Teen Tri and the MHWTC for education and training purposes.
Ahalya Lettenberger 
Glen Ellyn, IL
Supporting the budding career of elite paratriathlete Ahalya Lettenberger. Funding will go toward wheels for her hand-cycle and racing wheelchair as well as international travel to World Cup and World Paratriathlon Series races.
Strive To Tri 
Fort Washington, MD

Introducing low-income youth to the sport of triathlon and increasing their self-esteem while providing a healthy solution to combat childhood obesity in the community.
Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club 
Chicago, IL

Supporting training camps that serve both youth who may be experiencing adaptive sports for the first time and accomplished paratriathletes looking to improve their skills and get to the next level.
Kids TRI for Kids Triathlon Series 
Indianapolis, IN

Supporting a Tri series focused on youth, and combatting youth obesity with healthy choices and viable fitness options. Funding in 2018 will go towards a participation award incentive program that encourages and motivates youth athletes to participate in more than one race.
Above the Fold Events & Sport Promotions 
Franklin, TN

Promoting and developing the growth of multisport participation to all demographics through races and events, clinics, presentations and community partnerships.
Special Olympics New Jersey 
Lawrence Township, NJ

Providing year-round sports training and athletic competition for children  and  adults with intellectual disabilities by offering continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Tri-Masters Sport Initiative Programs 
Chicago, IL

Supporting a program focused on teaching and engaging minority youth in the sport of triathlon. Funding will support coaching fees,facility rental, gear, race entry fees, insurance, team uniforms, meals,transportation and more. In addition, six student athletes will be employed as assistants for the summer program. 
USA Triathlon Tri for Change 
Cincinnati, OH

Equipping underserved youth in the Cincinnati area with
triathlon gear and training assistance to enable them to compete at the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships in West Chester, Ohio.
Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) 
Lutherville, MD

Empowering youth with disabilities to train and compete in mainstream running and triathlon events. Using athletic activity as a catalyst for personal development – improving physical fitness, increasing self-esteem, and empowering youth with limited mobility to meet their highest potential.
Boston Triathlon Kid’s Day 
Boston, MA

Kid’s Day at the Boston Triathlon is designed to expose youth ages 15-17 to multisport via a youth Splash & Dash and the Clif Kid Ride Zone. Funding will enable the Boston Triathlon to expand this program by reaching more community organizations in moderate to low-income communities, hosting clinics and underwriting registration fees for participation in the event.
Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon benefiting Secret Meals for Hungry Children 
Tuscaloosa, AL

Proceeds from this race benefit Secret Meals for Hungry Children, a non-profit organization focused on providing nutritional food packets to children in West Alabama who experience hunger over the weekend.
New London Recreation Department 
New London, CT

Supporting the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Challenge, the mission of which is  to decrease childhood obesity in New London and the surrounding area of Southeastern Connecticut. Children receive after-school training and instruction in duathlon, aquathlon, triathlon and road racing, and ultimately compete in a USA Triathlon-sanctioned youth event in their area.
Marquette University – YES3 Multisport Club 
Milwaukee, WI

Supporting a triathlon program geared toward Hispanic middle school students  and their families in Milwaukee. Funding will offset program-related expenses that lower-income YES3 participants find prohibitive,including race entry fees, healthy snacks before and after competitions, and entry fees for parents who wish to participate in the walk/run portions of triathlon events.
Doylestown, PA

Inspiring and motivating youth, through the sport of triathlon, t o develop self-confidence and physical fitness and to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. Establishing USA Triathlon Tri for Change chapters in Camden and Neptune, New Jersey. 
International Association of Black Triathletes 
Middle River, MD

Educating and increasing triathlon participation for all individuals, especially African-Americans. Funding will support the second annual Youth & Junior TRI/DU Event and assist in growing multisport participation for youth with disabilities.
Race for Chase – CMAK Sandy Hook 
Memorial Foundation, Inc.  
Monroe, CT

Helping fund the 2018 Race4Chase Kids Triathlon Programs in remembrance of Chase Kowalski and the students and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The programs focus on emotional healing and physical health and wellness.
Point Arena High School Triathlon Club
Point Arena, CA

Enabling the Point Arena High School Triathlon Club to compete at the USA Triathlon High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Funding will offset the costs of bike rentals, hotels, food, airline luggage fees, car rentals and new team uniforms.
Racing for Steve-O Foundation 
Granger, IN

Enabling individuals with special needs to participate in sports and other recreational activities. Funding will enable more youth athletes and athletes with disabilities to participate in triathlon, including the 5th Annual Barron Lake Triathlon, which is hosting a Jr. Short/Long and Kids Triathlon to support all ages and experience levels.
MMTC TriAtholton Kids Tri 
Columbia, MD

Providing a safe and supportive environment for youth of all abilities to  become exposedto the multisport lifestyle. MMTC TriAtholton Kids Tri seeks to provide an inclusive event with accommodations to ensure success for all participants. Grant funding will support both youth and paratriathletes.
The Youth Tribe 
Des Moines, IA

Implementing a mentor program to recruit and educate first-time youth triathletes. Partnering with the RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series to host four youth triathlon events for athletes of all abilities. 
Wilbur Trimpe Middle School 
Bethalto, IL

Implementing a triathlon program through the Trimpe Middle School Physical Education Department that piques student interest, involves families and inspires community involvement.
Socorro Striders and Riders 
Socorro, NM

Hosting a USA Triathlon-sanctioned youth triathlon (the Chile Harvest Youth Triathlon) in Socorro, N.M., and keeping the cost accessibly low for participants. Funding will cover timing chips, race bibs, medals, prizes and finish-line food, as well as race registration fees for local participants demonstrating need.
Socorro Striders and Riders 
Lincoln, MA

Funding will offset costs associated with hosting the Lincoln Kids Triathlon, including the hiring of an experienced timing company, USA Triathlon license fees and other relevant expenses.
Aidan Landrum: U23 Triathlon Podcast 
Bogart, GA

Covering the production costs of a podcast created by junior triathlete Aidan Landrum that covers youth, junior and U23 triathletes and races. Encouraging triathlon participation for youth, junior and U23 athletes by spreading awareness of youth triathlon opportunities and growing the community of development
Worcester JCC 
Worcester, MA

Offering a high-quality, entry-level triathlon program in the City of Worcester for children ages 8-14. Funding will provide scholarships for participants who could not otherwise afford to take part in the camp; a dietician to teach kids about healthy eating; and bus transportation for children and bikes to an additional facility more suitable for cycling training.