BENEFITING: SCOTT RIGSBY FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: SCOTT RIGSBY FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 24, 2017
SCOTT RIGSBY FOUNDATION INC
The Scott Rigsby Foundation is the exclusive charity partner of the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta. Athletes can sign up to raise funds which enables injured and highly deployed military heroes to race with you as individuals or team members.
Our team is racing in Memory of Army SPC Jason Edens; NEVER FORGOTTEN
Glenn Paige, MD (Team Captain and swimmer)
I have been a member of the Scott Rigsby Foundation team since 2008. I have attended, been a participant in, and helped organize all of the Augusta events and I'm honored to have worked with so many incredible Veterans and Goldstar family members. As an avid triathlete, Scott and these heroes have been an inspiration for me to complete multiple Full Ironman competitions and step outside of my comfort zone.
Mike Crane (Army Veteran, Goldstar family member and cyclist)
Mike Crane is a 9 year Army Veteran and a Gold Star Parent. His step-son, Army SPC Jason K Edens, was wounded on April 15, 2012 in Afghanistan and passed away 11 days later on April 26th, 2012 from his wounds at Walter Reed Medical Center. His mother Janet and Mike have done what they can to keep his memory alive. One way they have been able to do this is through participation in athletic events. Janet has been running for over 20 years so half and full marathons were her natural choice. Since Mike is not a runner he normally sticks with 5K races and supports her as much as possible. In 2015 Janet was asked to participate in the Augusta Half IronMan with the Scott Rigsby Foundation. The first year she was the runner on a relay team which was named Team Jason with Glenn Paige and Stacey Blevins. Needless to say it was a memorable experience for both of them and Mike was inspired to also want to participate. In 2016 Janet had the opportunity to again participate with the Rigsby team. Janet completed the race on her own and Mike completed the bike section on a relay team with Glenn Paige and Mike's daughter Kelly Reiss. It was such an empowering and healing accomplishment. Participation with the Scott Rigsby Foundation has given them an avenue to focus their grief and a way to keep Jason’s memory alive. It is critical that Gold Star Families and Veterans find positive outlets for their pain and that they continue to have a purpose in life. Your support of organizations like the Scott Rigsby Foundation make this a reality for many who would never embark on something like this on their own without support both financial and emotional. Please consider a donation to help continue this important mission.
Michael Williams (Army Veteran and runner)
Command Sergeant Major Michael W. Williams is a native of Live Oak Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army in January 1978 shortly after graduating High School. He has served as the senior enlisted advisor/leader of numerous commands from the battalion level up to the three star general officer levels both during peacetime and while at war. He served on active duty for over thirty-five years. His assignments include CSM for the 82nd Airborne Division as Task Force 82nd CSM, responsible for the oversight of 18,000 paratroopers and their families. Provided leadership and guidance for United States forces and multiple foreign forces as the Multi-National Corps-Iraqi (MNCI) CSM during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as the XVIII Airborne Corps senior enlisted leader (Task-Force Bragg CSM) and Fort Bragg CSM responsible for the oversight of the most diverse and largest populated military installation in the Army. CSM Williams performed duties as the CSM for the United States Army Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capitol Region (MDW), (JFHQNC). Responsible for welfare and management of enlisted service members from all branches of the military, and support to military families members on six military installations spread throughout the east coast from southern Virginia to New York City. As the MDW CSM he provided leadership to organizations responsible for the escort, transportation and ceremonies for the President of the United States of America. CSM Williams retired in July of 2013 and is married to the former Terry Salyer. They have two children daughter Dominique and son Joseph. After retirement he and his family relocated to the town of Valdese, North Carolina where they currently call home.
Fundraising Minimum for Individual Entry $3,500.