USA Triathlon Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running

From USA Triathlon

The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced it is accepting applications for the second annual USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running. Team members are charged with raising awareness for the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation and encouraging participation in their local communities, all while serving as brand representatives for Newton Running. The application window runs from Nov. 4-Nov. 22.

The ambassador team is based around the everyday triathlete with a passion for giving back. Through local service projects, community outreach activities and beginner triathlon clinics, ambassadors will embody the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation: to support and promote triathlon, and to open pathways to triathlon to those for whom it might not otherwise be possible. 

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.

“We have so many amazing individuals in our sport of triathlon, as made apparent by the passionate and committed members of our inaugural ambassador team in 2019,” said Caroline Condon, Fundraising Programs Coordinator for the USA Triathlon Foundation. “We look forward to witnessing the impact that the 2020 ambassador team will continue to have on the sport, through both personal philanthropic support and grassroots outreach to aspiring triathletes nationwide.”

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. 

“Newton Running is proud to partner with the USA Triathlon Foundation to bring together a very special group of athletes to represent our common values,” said Wendy Lee, Director of Global Sales and Philanthropy for Newton Running.

Ambassador team members will participate in service projects onsite at the Legacy Triathlon 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. 

In addition to age group ambassadors, three U.S. elite athletes will be chosen to be team captains. Team captains help lead community service efforts while using their social media platforms to advance the Foundation’s mission and vision.

The inaugural 2019 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team introduced 40 youth to multisport through community engagement programs at the Legacy Triathlon and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships; raised more than $30,000 for the triathlon community; and brought awareness to both the USA Triathlon Foundation and Newton Running.

To apply for the 2020 USA Triathlon Foundation ambassador team Powered by Newton Running, click here. To learn more about the USA Triathlon Foundation or to make a donation today, visit usatriathlonfoundation.org

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 Committee (USOC).

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.

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.

David Deschenes Named USA Triathlon Foundation’s First-Ever Executive Director

303’s Khem Suthiwan caught up with David Deschenes regarding the recent announcement by USA Triathlon and here’s what he had to say:

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be able to help lead and impact the sport of triathlon at the governing level.  The mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation is simple: to support and promote triathlon, and open pathways to triathlon in those whom it might not otherwise be possible. The Foundation focuses on three key areas (young athletes, paratriathletes, and/or Olympic hopefuls) to provide the opportunities for every child to participate, every paratriathlete to compete, and every youth athlete to chase his or her Olympic dream.” 

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced the hiring of David Deschenes as its first-ever Executive Director, a role responsible for leading major gift fundraising and annual fund initiatives, donor relations, grant programs, marketing and communications, and community outreach while overseeing the Foundation’s daily business operations.

Deschenes will report to the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Directors’ President and serve on USA Triathlon’s senior leadership team. He will operate out of the USA Triathlon National Office in Colorado Springs starting March 30.

“I am thrilled to have Dave join the USA Triathlon Foundation as our first Executive Director,” said Jacqueline McCook, President the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Directors. “Dave is uniquely qualified to lead the Foundation to the next level, driven by his passion, dedication and depth of experience in the multisport arena. He will be instrumental in enabling us to dramatically expand our impact on communities and individuals throughout the U.S. as we strive to achieve our mission of transforming lives by opening pathways to triathlon for all — particularly among underserved youth, paratriathletes and Olympic dreamers.”

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