Tri Warriors Triathlon Club gives back to UNCP, Bak Pak program

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The Tri Warriors Triathlon Club
Windy Christy (wife of UNCP athletics director Dick Christy), Casey Burroughs (golf), Katy Flax (golf), Pauline Privitera (HPER professor), Brenna Sifford (cross country), Rhonda Blank (swim coach), Juan Stimpson (wrestling assistant coach), Eric Milks (wrestler), Courtney Roberts (softball graduate assistant) and Tri Warrior Club members Grady Hunt, Lesa Maynor and her husband, Bryan Maynor.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been an avid supporter of the Tri-Warriors Youth Triathlon since its inception in 2010.

Each year dozens of UNCP student athletes volunteer and cheer on the competitors ranging in age from 6 to 15. They compete in swimming, biking and running.

This year the event raised a record amount of $8,250. The majority of the funds went to support Communities in Schools’ Bak Pak Program.  The remaining funds were donated to UNCP’s athletic teams and clubs who volunteered their time for this event.

The Tri Warriors Triathlon Club recently showed its appreciation to these groups during a check presentation at Lumbee Guaranty Bank in Pembroke.

The club donated $2,250 to several UNCP athletic teams, including Women’s Golf, Women’s Cross Country, Wrestling, Softball, the Department of Health and Human Performance, and RonDave’s Swim Academy at UNCP.

“We appreciate the partnership developed with UNCP over the years,” said Bryan Maynor, Tri Warriors club member. “This event would not be possible without their cooperation and support.”

The remaining $6,000 were divided among schools that offer the Bak Pak program which provides weekend food bags to students. The participating schools are East Robeson Primary, Magnolia Elementary, St. Pauls Elementary, Rex Rennert, Piney Grove Elementary, Fairmont Middle and Orrum Middle.

“The Youth Triathlon encourages youth to go outside and enjoy everyday activities currently lost in today’s society,” Maynor said.  “Outside of a healthy lifestyle, triathlons create discipline, improves self-esteem, and builds determination; all essential qualities needed by our youth today in order to become successful in life.”

For information about the Tri-Warriors Club or the Youth Triathlon, which is held the last Saturday in August, visit www.triwarriors.com.