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USA Triathlon Announces Together We Thrive Scholarship Recipient

by USA Triathlon

Brian Akamine

USA Triathlon today announced the recipient of the Together We Thrive Black History Month Scholarship!

Brian Akamine, a USAT Level 1 Coach and High School Talent Scout with French Creek Racing, the Executive Director of the George Washington Carver Community Center, Charmaine Elizabeth Bazemore and Pastors Byron and McCray, plan to use this grant to form a black triathlon team in the Norristown Community.

The George Washington Carver Community Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the citizens of Norristown through its recreation, social and cultural programs. The Carver Center embraces the belief that community issues are best addressed by people with a true commitment to the community through their residence, professional affiliation, or other personal relationship with the community.

Brian plans to partner with Charmaine at the GWCC and the Norristown community at large. The GWCC currently has a swimming pool and gymnasium and Brian plans to build upon these existing triathlon training areas to purchase bike trainers and begin engaging the community in all aspects of multisport. The goal is to create local triathlon events that will expose and bring new athletes into the multisport community who may not have otherwise been able to participate.

GREAT NEWS! You spoke and we heard you! One of the main themes of conversation that came out of our Black History Month Panel was the expenses associated with multisport. We are excited to launch two new grants to begin the process of eliminating this barrier.

Community Impact Grant

Organizations with a proven history in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

These organizations have existing programs and are looking to take their work to the next level and have even bigger impact 

These are organizations that have been in existence for 3 or more years

Apply today!

Endeavor-Tri Grant

Organizations that want to “Tri” something new to help others gain access to multisport!

Organizations with a solid idea and detailed plan to launch an initiative to enhance DEIA impact within their existing organization

New organizations with a detailed plan and purpose of growing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in Triathlon

Apply today!

We believe that you all are the experts of your communities and are doing the hard work to create access to this sport we all love. USA Triathlon Foundation wants to come alongside organizations doing this incredible work in not only a financial sense but also a partnership in providing other resources that you might need as you grow your multisport organizations and reach more people who may not have had access to this sport before.

We’re all looking toward the Paris games, and we want everyone to have the ability to see themselves there one day. Athletes from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to get to the next level whether that is the Olympics, achieving a new personal milestone or competing in your very first Multisport event!

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