Get Involved

Looking to get involved in the triathlon community? It’s easy! 
Here, you can find a comprehensive list (always growing!) of charities and events related to triathlon for your use. 

Know of a charity or event that should be on the site? Want to add info to one already featured? 
Let us know by submitting the form below!

Athletes for Charity | Blazeman Foundation for ALS | Challenged Athlete Foundation | Strong Island Kids | Swim Across America | Swim For Smiles |  Team Winter 


Swim Across America

About: Swim Across America is an organization that raises money for cancer through swimming related events. The organization has raised over $30 million to date. With swims all across the country, SAA makes it easy and fun to help find a cure for cancer. 

How to get involved: 
Check out the Swim Across America site for swims all across the country as well as information on how to start your own pool swim! (It’s not difficult, promise!)

Location: 
National, headquarters in Boston Website: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/

Swim For Smiles

About: Swim for Smiles is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina based foundation that raises money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital by putting on swim-orientated events involving hundreds of local children. Every year, the foundation puts on a youth triathlon in May. In 2011, we have expanded to a two-day event to accommodate up to 1000 kids aged under 19, which would make it the largest youth triathlon in the United States! Between that event and the annual “Wacky Relay Day” summer swim league fundraiser, Swim for Smiles has donated over $100,000 to date to the hospital. The foundation is made up completely of volunteers, with no paid employees.How to get involved: If you have any questions about the foundation or are interested in volunteering, please send an email to alex@swimforsmiles.org (Alex Werden, YoungTri executive board member)Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Website: swimforsmiles.org

Athletes for Charity

About: Athletes for charity is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York that relies on its volunteers to serve as a charitable initiative to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth. Athletes for Charity teams up with various pro athletes, sports leagues and teams to support the development of disadvantaged youth.  How to get involved: Contact: Cathleen C. Laporte (President) – Email: info@athletesforcharity.comLocation: New York

Website: http://www.athletesforcharity.com/community/ 

Challenged Athlete Foundation

About: The Challenged Athletes Foundation was founded in 1997 as a means through which the athletic greatness in all individuals with physical challenges can be recognized. CAF supports these athletes by providing them with unparalleled sports opportunities.

How to get involved: Check out this link to find out more about how you can get involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation!

Location: There are chapters in Florida and the Northeast, although there are events all across the country.

Website: http://www.challengedathletes.org

Special Olympics

About: At Special Olympics, every individual is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. The organization is a global movement of people creating inclusion and community; making the world a better and healthier place! How to get involved: There are several ways to get involved. From volunteering at local Special Olympic Events, to becoming a coach for a specific sport! The website has a link that says “Get Involved.” Click on the link and you’ll be ready to help in no time!

Location: All over the United States! There is probably a facility near you.Website: http://www.specialolympics.org/default.aspx

Team Winter

About: Winter Vinecki founded Team Winter, an organization to raise money for Prostate Cancer, in 2008. Her inspiration came from her dad who battled prostate cancer and passed away in 2009. She has raised over $250,000 to date!

How to get involved: To join team winter and to help raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, go to http://teamwinter.org/athletes/join-team-winter#articleLocation: Winter is from Oregon, but anyone from any location can join! 

Website: teamwinter.org

Blazeman Foundation for ALS

About: Over 20 million people have died from ALS since 1869, and the Blazeman Foundation for ALS strives to change that. Through a number of fundraising activities nationwide including triathlons, road races, spin-a-thons, and charity auctions, members of Team Blazeman dedicate their time and energy for finding a cure for ALS.How to get involved: You can find out more information about Team Blazeman and how to join here: http://www.waronals.com/team_blazeman.php

Location: Based out of Rhode Island but individuals in any location can join the team!Website: http://www.waronals.com/

Strong Island Kids

About: Strong Island kids is a charitable race series in NY that encourages all kids to fundraise for their races. How to get involved: To volunteer or race, check out their website! Location: Long Island, NYWebsite: http://www.strongislandkids.org
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