COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho— Ironman is giving back to Coeur d’Alene and helping about 1,000 local third grade students learn to swim.
The Ironman Foundation gave $10,000 to the Salvation Army Croc Center in Coeur d’Alene. Kroc Center leaders plan to use the money to fund their third grade swim program because studies show if you cannot swim by third grade, you likely will not learn. The donation means the program can grow.
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“That allowed us to have a 50% increase in our enrollment this year and reach over 1,000 kids," said swim coach Chris Barry.
The donation is one way Ironman organizers leave a lasting mark on the communities they take over annually.
The swim program is one of many organizations benefiting from about $70,000 in donations. The Ironman Foundation has given back about $500,000 since 2003 according to organizers.