May 21, 2014

Triathlete raises funds for Building Healthy Communities

Jim Assenmacher, vice president of business development at the Sisters of Charity Health System, is raising money for Building Healthy Communities (BHC) by competing in his fourth Ironman triathlon June 29 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Assenmacher created the nonprofit trihelping to raise the visibility of social programs that live the Ironman spirit, but need support to achieve their goals. For its inaugural year, trihelping is requesting donations for BHC, which was selected based on its commitment to assist children and families overcome significant challenges in their lives.

“Trihelping is a way for athletes to give back to the community and inspire others to take similar mental and physical challenges in their lives.  It's a way to join and inspire others to live to one's fullest potential and have balance in life,” said Assenmacher. 

For the June 29 Ironman race, participants swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles.

“People can join me in the journey by contributing to a cause that will help many achieve their highest potential,” Assenmacher added.

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BHC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that responds to the needs of the community by providing a variety of programs and services that focus on education, recreational and work opportunities. Most importantly, BHC develops partnerships with outstanding organizations to work with families in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood to address quality of life issues and challenges. 

A variety of health-oriented programs provide youth with access to health and wellness education, paid mentoring and leadership opportunities, and exposure to positive community role models. With BHC’s programming, children and adults are learning about healthy activities and foods, improving their life styles, increasing self-esteem, and learning about the importance of education and hard work.


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