Ironman Foundation gives back to Coeur d'Alene

This year's race slated for Sunday

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COEUR d'ALENE - The Ironman Foundation Community Fund will distribute $60,000 in grant funding to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Coeur d'Alene community in conjunction with the 2015 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon taking place on Sunday.

The Ironman Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteer grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations where U.S. Ironman events are held.

With the 2015 donations from the Ironman Foundation, a total of $635,000 has been given since the first Coeur d'Alene event in 2003. In 2015, The Ironman Foundation will provide more than $1.5 million to support the needs of Ironman race communities across North America. Since its inception, the Ironman Foundation has provided more than $32 million in charitable givebacks to support global non-profit initiatives.

The foundation's community fund will provide a total of $25,000 in community grants which are given to local nonprofit beneficiaries that will use the funds toward initiatives to better the Coeur d'Alene area. "Grant funding is one way that the Ironman Foundation leaves a lasting legacy in the communities where Ironman races take place," said Dave Deschenes, executive director of the Ironman Foundation. "We are thrilled to support the Coeur d'Alene community with these community grant awards."

One recipient of these funds is the Coeur d'Alene Recreation Department, which will support programs and provide activities that help fight obesity and maintain healthy lifestyles at no cost to program participants.

Another recipient is the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center for its Third Grade Swim program, which helps hundreds of local students learn critical water safety skills and swim basics.

"The 2015 Ironman Foundation grant allows us to discount fees to only $5 per student, reduced from the actual cost average of $22 per student. This allows the participation of children who had previously been unable to afford the program," said Christy Markham, development director of the Kroc Center. "This effort makes Third Grade Swim accessible to those who most need it, allowing 1,096 students to participate in the 2015 program, up from 990 students in 2014."

The Ironman Foundation's Community Fund will provide an additional $35,000 in grant donations to local nonprofit groups that have a volunteerism component to their organizations. Last year, volunteer grant funding was distributed among 38 community groups and organizations in and around the Coeur d'Alene region through the volunteer grant program.

Info: www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org.

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