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Zoot Sports, USA Triathlon Foundation Announce ‘Zoot One Forward’ Project

By USA Triathlon | June 25, 2020, 2:11 p.m. (ET)

CARLSBAD, Calif. —  Zoot Sports, the global industry leader in Triathlon Apparel and Accessories, in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Foundation, proudly launches the “Zoot One Forward” Project. For every item sold in the new Zoot Face Covering Collection, Zoot will donate another face mask to a USA Triathlon-sanctioned triathlon event for the use by staff and volunteers.

“We know race directors are going to be challenged in this ‘new normal’ and we felt strongly that we needed to raise our hand to do all we can,” says Shawn O’Shea, Zoot President. “We are happy to do our part to help get our athletes back out on the racecourse. Wearing a face covering is one step we can all take to help protect each other.”

The donated face coverings will be made from remnant fabric normally sent to landfills. Printing mistakes, overruns, samples, or leftovers are used to create each Zoot Donation Mask, giving every ‘one-size-fits-most’ piece a unique feel. O’Shea adds, “This is a great opportunity to help the environment and the sport of triathlon at the same time.”

The first 5,000 face coverings will be delivered to the USA Triathlon Foundation, which will provide them to the 40 recent grant recipients of its COVID-19 Relief Fund. This includes certified race directors and event production companies, coaches, clubs and multisport organizations who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

“The USA Triathlon Foundation is excited to partner with Zoot Sports and their “Zoot One Forward” program,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director, USA Triathlon Foundation. “We have worked with the team at Zoot for the past couple of years and when they approached us with the mask program, it immediately aligned with our values and current initiatives. Through the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund program we will provide over $110,000 in grant funding to support those in the multisport community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”

The “Zoot One Forward” Project centers around Zoot’s newly launched face covering line, including the Face Mask, the Custom Face Mask, and the Cooling Neck Sleeve. All items are currently available for purchase.

Visit zootsports.com or reach out to custom@zootsports.com for more information.

About Zoot Sports
Founded in Kona, Hawaii, in 1983, Zoot Sports specializes in triathlon training and race day apparel. Zoot has grown to be a global premier endurance sports brand, distributed worldwide and is the creator of the first triathlon specific footwear line. Zoot continues to draw on its history in the sport and its athletes to deliver the most comprehensive, technologically advanced, and complete multisport product line in the world. Visit Zoot online at zootsports.com.

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 $1.9 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.