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Posted: June 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: The Getting2Tri Foundation Launches Carolinas Chapter for ParaTriathletes

Chapter Starts Strong with Support from Sam's Club of Charleston, SC

ATLANTA, June 12, 2009 -- The Getting2Tri Foundation (G2T) launched its latest chapter, the Carolinas Chapter, serving physically-challenged athletes -- also called ParaTriathletes -- in North and South Carolina. Strengthening the start of the new chapter, Sam's Club of Charleston, SC joined the organization through a partnership designed to provide resources to assist with the training, coaching and mentoring of ParaTriathletes in the sports of swimming, cycling and running.

"It is our goal as a national organization to establish chapters that can serve physically-challenged athletes at the grassroots level where they benefit most from the coaching and community that we provide," said Mike Lenhart, founder and president, G2T. "We've known that the Carolinas had a number of ParaTriathletes ready to train and build a community and with the support of Sam's Club, this chapter is now a reality."

The Carolinas Chapter is a natural site to serve ParaTriathletes as it includes 16 military bases from all four branches of the armed services. The states also include top-ranked rehabilitation hospitals and prosthetist programs.

"Getting2Tri is a great fit for Sam's Club -- it's about supporting people through community and I'm proud to be part of G2T's start here in the Carolinas and proud that our company has made the commitment to be part of this organization," said Olen Holston, general manager, Sam's Club of Charleston. "Through this chapter, we will be able to bring physically-challenged athletes of all backgrounds -- including our local military heroes who were wounded in service -- to a new starting line filled with support, coaching, and community." In addition to the company's support, Holston will serve as the president of the Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors.

Formed in 2006, G2T provides coaching, mentoring and training in the sports of swimming, cycling and running to physically-challenged individuals. Specifically, the organization addresses the needs of individuals with limb loss, paralysis and muscular or neurological disorders. Athletes range from single sport members entering their first race as part of a relay team, to seasoned ParaTriathletes competing in Kona at the Ironman World Championships. The backgrounds of ParaTriathletes are just as varied as their goals, from wounded veterans to people with limb loss due to disease or trauma. For each athlete, G2T's focus is the same: to get him or her onto the playing field, at whatever level is their personal best.

The Getting2Tri Foundation
Getting2Tri believes that individuals with a disability deserve the inspiration, support and opportunity to participate in athletic endeavors that promote healthy, active lifestyles. Our mission is to provide services and programs through the sports of swimming, cycling, and running to align physically-challenged individuals, also called ParaTriathletes, with their athletic pursuits, create communities for knowledge sharing, and reduce the perceived barriers between people. You can learn more, or contribute to our efforts, at Getting2Tri.org.


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