COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The roster for the 2020 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running was announced today, featuring 49 age-group ambassadors and three U.S. elite athlete captains. Team members will raise awareness for the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation and encourage triathlon participation in their local communities, all while serving as brand representatives for Newton Running.
The ambassadors, some of the top age-group athletes in the nation, hail from 23 states and bring a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds in the sport. Through local service projects, community outreach activities and beginner triathlon clinics, ambassadors will embody the mission the USA Triathlon Foundation: to transform lives through sport by opening pathways to swim, bike and run to those for whom it might not otherwise be possible.
The team is powered by Newton Running, the exclusive running shoe partner of USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation, which has emphasized social responsibility and community giveback as part of its business model since being founded in 2006.
“In its second year, the USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team has doubled in size as we hope to bring more awareness to the Foundation than ever before,” said Caroline Condon, Fundraising Programs Coordinator for the USA Triathlon Foundation. “This incredible group of athletes is prepared to make transformative change across the country by inspiring and supporting their local multisport communities, all while sharing the values of the Foundation. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team in 2020.”
“Newton Running is proud to be in our second year of partnership with the USA Triathlon Foundation and Ambassador Team,” said Wendy Lee, Director of Global Sales and Philanthropy for Newton Running. “We’re excited to have such a worthy group of athletes and philanthropists running toward their goals with Newtons on their feet! For us this partnership is the perfect match, using the sport that connects us to make a difference in our communities.”
Outreach activities will support one of the Foundation’s three key focus areas: encouraging every child to participate; inspiring every paratriathlete to compete; and igniting young athletes’ dreams of competing at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Ambassador team members will participate in service projects onsite at the Legacy Triathlon and Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Long Beach, California, on July 18; and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee on Aug. 8-9. Service projects will support local triathlon communities and multisport-focused charities in each host city.
Additionally, ambassadors will raise a minimum of $1,000 each for the USA Triathlon Foundation. That funding will go toward deserving individuals and organizations in the multisport community in support of the Foundation’s three focus areas.
Throughout the triathlon season, ambassadors will also share the mission and vision of the Foundation through personal stories on their social media channels and in multisport-focused media outlets.
Three U.S. elite triathletes will serve as captains of the ambassador team: 2016 U.S. Olympian and current USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program Manager Joe Maloy (Naples, Fla.); 2016 U.S. Paralympic silver medalist Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.); former U.S. Triathlon National Team member Erin Storie (Fort Bragg, N.C.); and current U.S. Triathlon National Team Member Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.). Captains will help lead community service efforts while using their social media platforms to advance the Foundation’s mission and vision.
For more information about the ambassador team, or to make a donation to the USA Triathlon Foundation, visit usatriathlonfoundation.org.
2020 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running
Age Group Ambassadors
Malek Amrani (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pete Anderson (Portland, Maine)
Kimee Armour (Auburn, Ill.)
Corey Bell (Godfrey, Ill.)
Lyndze Blosser (New York, N.Y.)
Susan Brashear (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Joni Briganti (Spotsylvania VA)
Nicole Brown (Winter Park, Fla.)
Avery Chapman (Wellington, Fla.)
Madeline Consuelos (Schnecksville, Pa.)
Carol Coram (Seattle, Wash.)
Becky DiSorbo (Henderson, Nev.)
Scott K. Endsley (San Diego, Calif.)
Ronnie Fields, Jr. (Haynesville, La.)
Jamila Gale-Agans (Jber, Alaska)
William Gates, Jr. (Maryville, Tenn.)
Thomas A. Giannettino (Auburn, N.Y.)
Gail Gottfried (Sierra Madre, Calif.)
Susan Haag (Jacksonville, Fla)
Jill Hamilton-Reeves (Shawnee, Kan.)
Suzy Heffernan (Cutchogue, N.Y.)
Jason Henry (Midland, Mich.)
Wesley Hollero (Henderson, Nev.)
Donnelly Howard (Mobile, Ala.)
Jillian Jacinth (Babylon, N.Y.)
Leah Kaplan (Spokane, Wash.)
Kenny Knittle (Orwigsburg, Pa.)
Caryn Kusleika (Omaha, Neb.)
Noah Lam (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
Dana Locken (Bath, South Dakota)
Magui Martinez-Pena (Boulder, Colo.)
Cristin McDermott (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Emily Morrison (Griffith, Ind.)
Jen Myers (Chesapeake, Va.)
Cheryl Perry (The Woodlands, Texas)
Steph Popelar (Elizabeth, Colo.)
Sue Reynolds (Bloomington, Ind.)
Sybille Rex (Boston, Mass.)
Michael Salsgiver (Henderson, Va.)
Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Jerry Shere (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Tove Shere (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Janessa Schulte (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Kearci Smith (Plano, Texas)
Khem Suthiwan (Denver, Colo.)
Kim Townsend. (Evansville, Ind.)
Ross Young (Austin, Texas)
Nicole Wan (Elgin, Texas)
Christine Wodke (Milawukee, Wis.)
Joshua Woods (Woodinville, Wash.)
Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), 2016 U.S. Paralympic silver medalist
Joe Maloy (Naples, Fla.), 2016 U.S. Olympian
Erin Storie (Fort Bragg, N.C.), Former U.S. Triathlon National Team Member
Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), U.S. Triathlon National Team Member
Caroline Condon (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Triathlon Foundation Fundraising Programs Coordinator
About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent 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 transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The 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. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $3 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. 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 young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
About Newton Running
Newton Running creates performance shoes specifically for runners and outdoor recreationists. The brand, which is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, was built and is operated by runners for runners and strives to help athletes improve their form and abilities. Newton Running is a purpose driven company with a commitment to social and environmental accountability. Learn more about Newton Running at newtonrunning.com.