The USA Triathlon Foundation received 173 applications and over $866,000 in requests for grant funding from USA Triathlon certified race directors and race management organizations; USA Triathlon-certified coaches and clubs; and other individuals and organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic. Over the next few weeks, we will share stories of some of the recipients.
The International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT) was one of 40 organizations chosen as a recipient of the USA Triathlon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant. Led by Dr. Dorsey, the IABT’s mission is to provide advancement for urban youth and communities they represent through the sport of triathlon. The organization serves as a gateway to reduce the academic and health disparities faced by urban Black youth; increase opportunities for collegiate studies, internships, and economic development; and break the cycle of poverty in urban communities.
The Relief Fund helped support IABT’s mission by providing financial support for the organization’s innovative and dynamic Student Athlete Leadership Hybrid Program, which culminates in a Health & Wellness Community Giveback Event led by the youth participants. The capstone event is raising additional funds to reduce health disparities while benefiting underserved and underrepresented communities.
The grant funding has enabled the IABT to continue providing a well-rounded, high quality program that addresses the needs of its community in a safe manner.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, IABT staff and volunteers are most looking forward to returning to triathlon programming and introducing the sport to new urban youth, urban communities and urban families. Excitedly, IABT will be expanding into new territories.
“We thank the Relief Fund wholeheartedly for the belief in our work we do for urban youth, urban communities and their urban futures through the sport of triathlon. We have been able to improve our programming due to funding from this Relief Fund. We remain truly grateful.”