The USA Triathlon Foundation received 173 applications and more than $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 impacted by the pandemic. So far, the USA Triathlon Foundation has distributed more than $110,000 in grant funding, with additional recipients to be selected through the remainder of the year. Over the next few weeks, we will share stories of some of the recipients.
Lightning Warriors is a certified club and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by Level 1 Certified Coach, Noah Lam based in Long Island, New York. The mission and vision of Lightning Warriors is to spark young athletes to build strength and confidence that creates strong, successful leaders excelling at all levels of life through the sport of triathlon.
This year, in lieu of a live event, Lightning Warriors created a unique interactive virtual program that shares the sport of triathlon safely and at no cost to the children participating. Lam and his team blended trivia to aid in learning and fitness challenges to reach physical goals across swimming, biking and running. Participants even benefited from the guidance of professional triathletes, including Joe Maloy, who joined Zoom calls to share tips and recipes, as well as lead live workouts.
By providing a virtual program, Lightning Warriors were able to reach children who may otherwise have never been exposed to the sport of triathlon. Lam expects to leverage this experience to ensure that participants continue their learning and ultimately take part in a live event, once they can safely do so, for the full triathlon experience.
“I am excited for the kids to do a live event and eventually see them practicing. What I love about coaching is that it gives me a chance to see improvements over time. Seeing potential become extraordinary is amazing to witness.”