ACHIEVE Kids Triathlon

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ACHIEVE provides youth ages 9-14 with a fun, life-changing experience by introducing them to the sport of triathlon. Headquartered in Washington, DC and acting in partnership or collaboration with local governments and private organizations, ACHIEVE takes kids through a 6-week instruction and training program, provided free of charge, insured and monitored by experienced and trained coaches. The ACHIEVE program helps kids master the fundamentals of swimming, cycling, running, and triathlon racing, as well as the essentials of proper nutrition, stretching, strength-training, and flexibility. The ACHIEVE program concludes each season with a timed short-course triathlon race, certified and sanctioned by the USA Triathlon association (USAT). ACHIEVE was founded in 2007 by Charles (Chuck) Brodsky, founder of The Nation's Triathlon™ with the support of Washington, DC Mayor, Adrian Fenty, an avid triathlete, and Washington, DC's Department of Parks and Recreation. The program was launched at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in the summer of 2007. The success of the initial year led to expansion in 2008 to an additional site in DC and to Houston, TX. In 2009, there will be three locations in DC and two in Hoston. In order to remain all-inclusive, ACHIEVE is a free camp that provides youth with all of the equipment that they will need during the program; including bicycles, helmets, swim fins, pull buoys, goggles, kickboards, a one-of-a-kind ACHIEVE cycling jersey, as well as training from experienced coaches. A major component of the ACHIEVE program is to expose kids to the many benefits that come from participation in endurance sports. Training and racing in endurance events teaches athletes how to be disciplined, goal-oriented and focused, and helps to foster respect for self and others. In the long run, endurance athletes tend to be more successful in their careers, more community-involved, and are healthier than many of their sedentary peers. ACHIEVE aims to inspire these traits in its camp participants and to realize our motto of "Enriching Lives Through Sport."

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