Charity Program
Join a team. Make a difference.

The Verizon New York City Triathlon is proud to partner with so many great charities that give you the opportunity to race for a cause. If you’re passionate about our partners, consider supporting their cause by joining their team and dedicating your race to helping others. Many of these organizations offer their own full-service training programs.

Post-close race entries may still be secured through one of these official charity partners. Please click through a relevant partner’s link to learn more.

Interested in going for it? Contact the official charity partner directly to begin the process to register for the 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon.

Partners below have historically participated in this race. Details subject to change.

PARTICIPATING CHARITIES

Life Time Foundation

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We’re committed to helping children grow up strong, smart and loved. We believe for children to reach their full potential they must have access to nourishing meals. We collaborate with our country’s school food professionals to keep highly-processed food out of meals, while increasing the amount of fresh and simply prepared foods.

100% of every dollar donated directly supports our mission because all administrative costs are contributed by Life Time, Inc.

Commit to fundraise $2,500 by July 31, 2021 and receive guaranteed free entry to the 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon. You will also receive Foundation gear, individual fundraising support and a full heart for giving children a healthier future. To join the team, visit their website or contact Nate Moen at nmoen@ltfoundation.org.

Achilles International

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Achilles International, a global organization operating in 25 countries including the US, transforms the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connection. Since our founding in 1983, we have empowered over 150,000 athletes of all ages and ability levels to participate in endurance events around the globe. Achilles International’s portfolio of programs includes the TriAchilles Team which expands our running program into biking and swimming, Our main objective has always been to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to all.

Alzheimer’s Association

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The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

CaringKind

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CaringKind* is New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. With over 30 years of experience, we work directly with our community partners to develop the information, tools and training to support individuals and families affected by dementia. We offer a 24-hour Helpline run by professional staff, individual and family counseling sessions with licensed social workers; a vast network of support groups; education seminars and training programs; early stage services and a wanderer’s safety program. We believe in the power of caregiving and seek a world where everyone dealing with dementia has the support they need, when they need it.

Dare2tri

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Dare2tri is an Illinois-based 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization with the mission to positively impact the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments by developing their skills in paratriathlon. Dare2tri empowers individuals with disabilities and gives them the opportunity to be physically active, engaged with their community, and helps them set and reach goals. Dare2tri changes lives by boosting individuals’ self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth.

When you join Dare2tri Race2Raise you get to achieve your own health and wellness goals and support Dare2tri athletes in achieving their goals.  All funds from Race2Raise allow us to provide equipment, programs, and training that give people with physical disabilities and visual impairments the opportunity to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Join us!

Harlem Lacrosse

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Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership (HLL) is a non-profit youth service organization that uses lacrosse to engage roughly 300 at-risk children from low income areas of New York City. HLL’s mission is to provide a safe, structured environment for children to compete, learn and develop into future leaders in their communities. Our Process: Academic and social-emotional skill building throughout the school day, out-of-school time and calendar year Daily study halls with an attendance rate of 95% After school tutoring and test prep sessions throughout the year Lacrosse instruction three times per week on average 1-2 college trips per year for each school program Boarding school and college admissions counseling Service learning and leadership training classes and events Career exploration and financial literacy workshops, workplace visits and panels Our Results (since 2011): Annual GPA improvement for HLL students of 5-10 points On-time middle school graduation rate of 100% $9.1 million in boarding school scholarship offers College admission since 2013 include Haverford College, the University of Virginia, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Haverford College, Bates College, Hobart College, Colby College and Dickinson College For additional information and news on the organization, please visit the HLL website at www.harlemlacrosse.org.

La Escuelita

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La Escuelita is the first Spanish dual language preschool on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and one of the first in NYC. Opening its doors in 2003, La Escuelita’s mission is to support bilingualism in children from birth to 3rd grade through our three core values: bilingualism, play-based learning and diversity. La Escuelita offers a unique preschool experience to families who value bilingualism and play-based learning, while being engaged in a diverse and stimulating community.

PS75 Parent Teacher Association

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PS75 is an elementary school of K-5th grade students drawn from a very diverse community and boasts one of the strongest and coveted Spanish/English dual language programs in the City. Additionally, PS75 is one of five elementary schools in Manhattan that have the ASD Nest program—a program for high functioning students with autism spectrum disorders. It’s approximately 580 students are 55% Hispanic/Latino, 25% Black/African American, 17% White and 3% Asian. More than 65% of our students qualify for free lunch under federal low-income guidelines. Throughout the year, volunteer parents work hard to raise funds for our in-school arts and enrichment that serves every student at PS75. We do not have the affluence of other District 3 schools and yet are able to partner with our principal to provide robust enrichment programming at each grade level. These activities reinforce the core curriculum while providing children with the opportunity to explore and discover new skills and talents.

Team Bright Side

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January 1st 2013 I heard the words that no parent should ever hear, “Your child has cancer”. In an instant those four words changed my family’s life forever. My son, Ryan, was ultimately diagnosed, at the age of 7, with High Risk Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), a blood cancer that impacts about 2,900 children representing 35% of all types of childhood cancer. The #1 disease killer of our precious children. He is now a teenager and very fortunate to be considered a survivor.

To become a survivor, he endured three and a half years of treatment and over 1,722 admissions of 14 different types of chemotherapy, some of which were literally gallons of chemo. He had 10 hospital admissions for a total of 40 nights. So many trips to the ER I lost count. Three surgeries. Three bone marrow aspirations. Three anaphylaxis allergic reactions including one that landed us in the ICU. 30 spinal taps. Nineteen blood transfusions. Chemical meningitis and two relapse scares. That is the reality. It is simply so hard to watch your child go through such a brutal treatment plan. You feel so helpless and yet so grateful for all the parents, researchers, doctors, nurses and kids who have been fighting this battle before Ryan.

I needed an outlet…an outlet that allowed me to feel like I was making a difference and had some sort of control on a journey where there is so little. I decided to do something personally hard for me to honor the struggle that my son was facing. I formed a small team and we signed up to do the 2013 Chicago Triathlon.

We call ourselves “Team Bright Side”. The name of the team came from one of the most valuable lessons my son has taught me. Ryan has faced a lot of hard times conquering his chemo treatment plan, but through all the challenges he has faced he always says, “the good thing is”.  Even in some very dark moments Ryan can somehow always find the bright side. With his spirit in mind our team was formed and the momentum continues to builds. In the last six years we have trained over 420 athletes, built a kids triathlon team and raised over $1,000,000.

All of our fundraising to date has gone to the cutting edge of pediatric cancer research. This includes immunotherapy and being a part of the first ever FDA approved treatment that uses a patient’s own genetically modified cells to attack the cancer- a true breakthrough.

You see today’s treatment plan for kids like Ryan is three and a half years long, chemo based, and brutal. That plan works 80% of the time. However, it does not work for everyone and of those children that do survive two out of every three experience life threatening side effects.

We simply have to do better. Together we are making a dent in the universe. Together we are truly saving lives.

TriLatino

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We are a not-for-profit 501C3 recognized charity organization whose mission is to increase the participation of Latinos in triathlon and endurance sports, promote healthy lifestyles and uplift our communities. Whether you are looking to learn the ropes or to perfect your skills, we offer a training environment where athletes of all abilities and backgrounds can thrive together. We train, compete and celebrate our accomplishments as a family. No one ever gets left behind!

PROSPECTIVE CHARITIES