BENEFITING: OUTDOOR FRIENDS FOREVER INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2015
Ironman for O.F.F.
My wife tells me I have two seasons a year, triathlon season and hunting season. While triathlon is a hobby I picked up about 3 years ago, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors have been a passion since I was old enough to tag along with my Dad. For most age group triathletes, the Ironman is the ultimate goal. If I were going to tackle 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running I knew I could not do it alone which is why I've registered for IM Chattanooga through the Ironman Foundation's Your Journey, Your Cause platform.
Outdoor Friends Forever (OFF) is non-profit organization I became involved with a few years ago. It became an outlet for me to share my passion for the outdoors with those who do not get to experience the outdoors the way I do. "The OFF mission is to pair people with special needs with people with special talents and form a bond in the outdoors that last forever." As one with the passion for the outdoors, I've had the opportunity to guide special needs children on their first deer hunt and receive contagious smiles that you can never forget. The opportunity given to these children through OFF creates memories that last a life time for them and their guides. The impact the children make on guides like myself cannot be described, only experienced. In my journey to become a first time Ironman I look forward to the motivation these children will be through my highs and lows of training and racing. The memories made with them will last a lifetime and I know I will draw on those memories during the tough times coming on September 27, 2015.
I hope that you will support me in my journey to become and Ironman and donate to Outdoor Friends Forever. The funds raised are used 100% on the children as there is no staff, payroll, or overhead; only dedicated volunteers. Currently OFF is looking for support to build a new lodge that will meet all ADA codes and allow all children to stay comfortably in one place with their families for the hunting and fishing weekends. Your support will help fund this construction and meet other needs during the weekend events throughout the year.
Please take a moment to visit their website www.outdoorfriendsforever.org for more news articles, photos, and videos of O.F.F. events. If you spend one weekend with these children your life will never be the same. It is with prayerful consideration that I undertake this test of mental and physical endurance. Finally, I must give a special Thank You to my wife, Shealy, for her support of this journey. Thank you for your support and for your donation to Outdoor Friends Forever!