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A word from Greg
On October 28, 2012, a commitment that was made 6 years ago was completed. As many of you may know, I struggled with alcohol and weight until 4 years ago when I decided that I was going to dedicate my life to becoming a leader and making a difference in the lives of others, while giving up the destructive lifestyle. Enter the beginning of Care2Tri. What many of you don’t know is that 2 years prior to giving this lifestyle up, I was watching a telecast of a long-distanced triathlon when I made a statement that, “one day, I’d figure out a way to get through one of those races and be a “feel good” story for a national telecast, so that I could help people”. This statement fell on deaf ears to those I mentioned this to, as I had consumed quite a bit of alcohol when I said this. I can’t say that I blamed them for doubting me.
Well as I said, on October 28th, this commitment was honored. We assembled a team of 5 differently-abled athletes that were pulled through the 70.3 mile Half Rev in Venice, FL. This process has been such a long journey. There have been so many times when it would have been easy to throw in the towel and give up. I thought that once I made a decision to change and help those that were differently-abled, everyone would jump on board and support what I was trying to do. This just wasn’t the case. Often times, I felt that I was treated as an outcast and different, much the way many of the athletes I race with state they are treated. There were many that I thought would stand by me and what I was trying to do, but that just wasn’t the case. But seeing this past Sunday through has given me an even bigger appreciation for those that did stand by me and our athletes. It has also taught me that when you are doing the right thing you need to look in your heart, trust yourself, and move forward no matter what others think.
The Rev 3 Triathlon Series is second-to-none. They put on a superior product and made all accommodations necessary for our athletes. A special thanks to Greg McFadden and everyone from Ironworks Productions as well. He spent a lot of time filming our athletes for an upcoming telecast.
I would like to thank all of the support from the companies that have stood by us: AlanRphoto.com, Born-to-Tri, ClifBar, Giant Bikes, HeadSweats, The Law Office of Josh Rosen, Joy FM 88.1, Oakley, Profile-Design, Ryder Bike, Saucony, Veloce Speedwear, and Wike Bike Trailer.
I would also like to thank all our committee that put together the day’s events. They spent countless hours and held numerous meetings to ensure that Sunday was a success. Additionally, I would like to thank all of our volunteers that came out on Sunday to spot for our athletes during each event, spend time with the individuals, get the individuals there, set up and breakdown, and most importantly stand as a Unified Front to help Promote differently-abled individuals.
Thank you to everyone that played a role in this and please continue to follow us, as the recap of the race will air on NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS throughout the year during a 1 hour telecast.
-Greg Simony, President
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Care 2 Tri is a non-profit corporation 501 (c) (3) of caring individuals with the common goal of helping those with disabilities gain a sense of fulfillment by giving them opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Our organization acts as a vessel to include them in the sport of triathlon. In doing so, our goal is to place them in the limelight and give them the respect they deserve as they are the true inspiration and heart of what we do.
Secondarily, through Care 2 Tri’s promotion of individuals with disabilities, we strive to inspire others to come forward and pursue passions that involve giving back to others in their communities. We encourage them to begin to look outside themselves and become better individuals, which in turn builds better communities and a better world.
To create a movement, which promotes individuals with apparent disabilities, and promotes them to be accepted as they are. They are people too and need to be treated as such.
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