December 3, 2013 on 4:22 pm | In Charity, Community, Giving Back | No Comments
This blog brought to you by TriSports Champion Polly Jansen. Although this took place earlier this year, we thought it a good one to share during this time of thanks and giving. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter – pjansen!
As a member of an athletic community, I have learned from some amazingly gifted people, but the thing I appreciate most in my friends and fellow competitors is their eager willingness to give back to the sport. One such example recently popped up when I attended a training class for my new job. As participants, we were asked to introduce and tell something about ourselves. One of my new colleagues, Awolu, shared how he had come from a war-torn area of Ghana and never owned a pair of sneakers until he graduated from high school because his village didn’t have access to them. Awolu went on to explain that he has been in the United States for nine years and periodically purchases used sneakers to ship back to his village in Ghana. He is taking a trip there to work with a middle school in July and plans to send a shipment of shoes at the end of June.
Intrigued, I had to meet him afterwards. “Awolu,” I said, “do you really PURCHASE the used sneakers?” He assured me that he did, but confirmed that he would also take donations. I said, “Don’t purchase anymore shoes right now. You will have your whole shipment by mid-June!”
That evening I messaged Dan Gordon, founder of the Wissahickon Wanderers, a trail running club in Philadelphia that I have been a part of since 2004, and pitched the idea of collecting shoe donations from club members. We decided that since the Wanderers are holding informal trail races each Thursday in May and also helping to put on the Wissahickon Trail Classic 10k on June 8, that we would encourage the runners and volunteers to bring their used shoes to go to the students in Ghana.
This past Thursday we collected our first round of donations and will continue to do so through June 8. I really appreciate the support so far from the athletes in my community and it’s refreshing to see everyone come together when there is a need and they have the capacity to help. It seems like such a small thing because everyone has used running shoes laying around, and we are so happy to be able to share something of ourselves that we often take for granted. I thank Awolu for this opportunity and hope the students feel renewed energy as they lace up these kicks and put their best feet forward!
December 23, 2011 on 11:51 am | In Charity | No Comments
Community. Family. Home. TriSports.com was built from a foundation of family and community contribution. It is part of who we are- and where we came from. We continue that legacy of giving back to our community and sport. From our involvement in the Challenged Athletes Foundation to volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house and even cleaning up our roadways with our Adopt A Road project.
TriSports.com also supports the local Junior El Tour Program to get kids on bikes, teach them good exercise and lifestyle habits and enable them to participate in events that reinforce goal setting and an active lifestyle.
Each year our TriSports.com Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival donates 100% of its proceeds to a host of charities that include local organizations and the Challenged Athletes’ Foundation.
TriSports.com employees volunteer throughout the year in support of charity events and projects that continuously give back to our local- and national- community.
Being a part of our community is a part of who we are at TriSports.com, and that means giving back is a natural part of our business.