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Ironman Champions to Give Back to Kona After Race

More Than Sport Encourages Athletes and Supporters to Give Back to the Community


More Than Sport has announced a line-up of podium-topping professional triathletes that will partner with More Than Sport and will support its annual community service and giveback program that takes place in conjunction with the Ironman World Championship triathlon on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander, Top American's Linsey Corbin, Meredith Kessler and Timothy O'Donnell will give back to the Kona community by devoting their time and influence to help raise awareness and finances to support the mentoring program to local teens and encouraging others to do the same.

"I've won three World Titles in Kona and it's been a blessing so I want to give back to the Island that has done so much for me," said three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander. "My racing is so much more than my titles -- it is my family, my supporters and being able to give back to those in need and that is why I race for More Than Sport and encourage everyone to give back where they can."

The successful More Than Sport program, now in its 3rd year, empowers devoted amateur and professional athletes to give back in new ways, and serve the communities where they race, ride, play or compete. This year, the program will partner with Lift Up America's Ambassadors of Compassion to help mentor and coach teens from the Big Island through an eight-week program. As the future of Hawaii, many of them have never had anyone to look up to or teach them critical life principles that so many people take for granted.

Ambassadors of Compassion will Help More Than Sport take this year's program to the next level by bringing together the proven and practical wisdom and expertise learned by leaders and influencers from around the world and infusing their knowledge and experience into a curriculum that impacts the hearts of the island's youth.
Join World Class Athletes to Empower Kona's Youth

It's not just the pros who can make a difference in the community where they're racing. More Than Sport encourages amateur athletes, spectators and supporters to join the team to help reach the program's goal of sending 141 youth through a life changing journey - each one representing one mile raced in the Ironman. Financially this equates to $21,150 ($150 per teen). Anyone can contribute towards reaching this goal and helping empower youth with the tools for success by creating a personal fundraising page at Crowdrise.com or giving to an athlete's fundraising page.

More Than Sport / Ironman Kona Mentorship | EQUIPNET's Fundraiser on CrowdRise

chris lietoAbout More Than Sport:
More Than Sport, founded by three-time Ironman Champion Chris Lieto, is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering top amateur and professional athletes to realize that there is "more" to sport than simply competing. More Than Sport Athletes invest in communities of need, use their influence to promote awareness for those communities, and improve the lives of others worldwide through service and giving. What is your "more"? For more information visit morethansport.org.

About Ambassadors of Compassion:
Ambassadors of Compassion (AOC) brings together the proven and practical wisdom and expertise learned by leaders and influencers from around the world and infuses their knowledge and experience into a curriculum we will follow to impact the hearts of our youth. This eight-week journey focuses on AOC's leadership model, "Train, Measure, and Honor." The journey also requires all teens to participate in a group LABOR project designed to make a difference in their own community.