COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced the recipients of nearly $40,000 in grant funding for juniors and women in triathlon, awarded in conjunction with the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship and Leanda Cave Foundation Grant.
“We are pleased to support these world-class triathletes in their desire to give back to the sport of triathlon. Gwen and Leanda represent the finest in our sport by providing opportunities that may not otherwise exist for junior and female triathletes, exemplifying the Foundation’s mission of transforming lives by opening pathways to triathlon,” said Jacqueline McCook, USA Triathlon Foundation President.
The Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship assists junior draft-legal triathletes and paratriathletes in their pursuit of excellence in the sport. Over $35,000 was awarded to applicants who demonstrated financial need, creative use of funds and passion for the multisport lifestyle. Recipients were selected from over 220 applications. The funds were made possible from contributions and support from Jorgensen, the USA Triathlon Foundation, ROKA, New York Athletic Club, Sleep Number, Jennie-O Turkey and other private donors.
Recipients include athletes Owen Cravens (Algonquin, Ill.), Lauren Steinke (St. Cloud, Minn.), Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.), Jocelyn Bonney (Long Beach, Calif.), Drew Kroeker (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Veronika Davis (San Diego, Calif.) and Nick Johnson (Des Moines, Iowa), in addition to MC Elite Coach Christy Lausch (Mount Airy, Md.) and paratriathlon camp hosts Deanna Gellineau and Allysa Seely (Arizona).
The Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship will continue in 2017, and more information will be available at gwenjorgensen.com/scholarship.
To empower women through triathlon, USA Triathlon Foundation, Leanda Cave Foundation and USA Triathlon Women’s Committee awarded $3,500 to Team LC ambassadors. Recipients include i-tri of Long Island, New York, Girls for Tri of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and elite paratriathlete Elizabeth Baker. In 2016, the Leanda Cave Foundation through Team LC with their sponsors and the online auction donated over $10,000 to Team LC Ambassadors to compete and spread their message nationwide of empowering women through triathlon.
“Team LC is not only committed to empowering women through triathlon, but also giving back to the community through the Leanda Cave Foundation,” said IRONMAN World Champion Leanda Cave. “Growing up in the sport of triathlon from very humble beginnings, I was extremely fortunate to receive help along the way. If it were not for those individuals and sponsors who gave me product, financial support and their time, I would not be the athlete I am today. So it gives me great pleasure and pride to be in a position to pay it forward and help these two teams who share my passion for growing female participation in triathlon.”
Learn more about the Leanda Cave Foundation at leandacavefoundation.org.
Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more about the USA Triathlon Foundation and supported programs. Tax-deductible gifts may be made to the Foundation by clicking the Donate Now button on the website or through the printable form on the brochure. For gifts-in-kind and bequests, email firstname.lastname@example.org. One hundred percent of each donation in 2015 will support aspiring triathletes and programs.
About USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as a separate tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon, and seeks to open up new pathways to the sport through the generosity of donors. USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America's youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring athletes have a pathway to the Olympic Games. Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.