Five Ways to DO MORE this #GivingTuesday

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1
Buy Products with a Purpose.
Shop https://www.morethansport.org/ to buy gifts that give back this year!

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2
Make a donation.
Share MORE Than Sport this season by making a direct donation.

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3
Get out and volunteer. 
Visit https://www.volunteermatch.org/ to find a location near you.

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4
Shop Amazon Smile.
Choose MORE Than Sport on Amazon Smile and a portion of all your Amazon purchases will go directly to MORE Than Sport.

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5
Pay it forward.
“Be the change you wish you see in the world” – Gandhi

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A MORE Than Sport Experience – WINNER!

We have a WINNER!

The Island House Invitational Triathlon and More Than Sport​ are thrilled to announce Jennifer Vaughan will be joining us for this year’s incredible event. Special thanks to all who entered, it is because of your support that we will be able to facilitate lasting impact in the Bahamas!

“So thrilled to watch some of the best in the sport compete in such a creative race format, and I admire what Beth and Luke McKenzie have done to showcase triathlon in a unique way. Being able to support and attend with such a meaningful organization as MORE Than Sport that helps the local community, makes this special event even more exciting.” – Jennifer Vaughan

To learn more about future opportunities:https://www.morethansport.org/volunteer

Congratulations Jennifer, we cant wait to hear about your adventure! 

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It’s a wrap – Kona 2016

 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Kona 2016 is officially a wrap and in partnership with some amazing brands, our incredible athletes and with the support of everyone we came in contact with, we will be able to support lasting impact across the world. If we missed you on the island, you can still celebrate with limited edition 2016 gear here: shop.morethansport.org/collections/kona-2016

Because of everyones efforts in Kona this year over 1,072 people will have clean water for life, 4,609 individuals facing hunger will be provided with a meal, 516 books will go to children in need, 2,236 basic medical treatments will be provided, 931 nights of shelter will be provided for victims of human trafficking and 135 bikes will go to local children.  Almost 10,000 lives will be affected because of you!

Special thanks to Flo Cycling, ZWIFT, Bonk Breaker, BioAstin, Ventum, Ceramicspeed, 2XU and of course the iconic Lava Java for making Kona 2016 the best yet.

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KONA 2016

Kona 2016 is almost here and we are ready to celebrate one of our favorite weeks of the year!

The MORE Than Sport village will be open Monday October 3rd – Friday October 7th (across from the finish line on Ali’i Drive / next to Fish Hopper). We have LIMITED EDITION Kona 2016 Merchandise and will be joined on site by our partners at ZWIFT, FLO CYCLING, BONK BREAKER and BIOASTIN, as well as VENTUM, CERAMICSPEED and 2XU around town.   See below for what each of our amazing partners is planning this week!

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ZWIFT

It’s MORE Than Sport Week at ZWIFT!  Starting October 3rd, join ZWIFT each day for a virtual MORE Than Sport coffee ride and cruise along to interviews with some of the world’s best triathletes. ZWIFT will make a donation to MORE Than Sport for every rider that joins!  Don’t worry if you’re not already a Zwifter, sign up for the 14 day free trial and prepare to fall in love! http://zwift.com/free-trial/ #ZwiftDoesMore

BONK BREAKER

We LOVE Bonk Breaker!  Under this new high-impact partnership, for every box of bars sold, Bonk Breaker® will directly contribute two meals a day to a child in need. By using promo code MORETHANSPORT on shop.bonkbreaker.com, consumers will get 15% off all Bonk Breaker® products and will be contributing to this great cause. Additionally, visit Bonk Breaker in the MORE Than Sport Village during race week. 

BIOASTIN

We are excited to welcome BioAstin to the MORE Than Sport family! 20% of every order placed at www.bioastin.com using the code: GIVEMORE will go to MORE Than Sport to provide food, water and medical supplies to those in need!  Visit BioAstin in the MORE Than Sport village during race week!

FLO CYCLING

Bike for a Kid is back! Join us, and our amazing partners at FLO Cycling, to build 135 bikes that will be donated to local children in Kona.  Not in Kona, but want to donate to the Bike for a Kid program?  Visit: www.flocycling.com

CERAMICSPEED

With the purchase of every limited edition MORE Than Sport Oversized Pulley Wheel System, a family in need will receive a stove, providing permanent solutions for better health, an improved living environment and opportunities to create lasting change. Additionally, Ceramicspeed pros Tyler Butterfield, Frederik Van Lierde, Tim Reed, James Cunnama, Jodie Swallow, Åsa Lundström and Michelle Vesterby will be seen riding this super unique system on race day.  

VENTUM

Visit the Ironman World Championship Official Bike Sponsor, Ventum, at the Ironman Village to stock up on limited edition gear and accessories during race week. Every item purchased will provide 2 people with clean water for life!

2XU

We are proud to have global apparel powerhouse and Official Compression of Ironman 2XU back as a partner .  We will have limited edition 2016 2XU MORE Than Sport kits in the MORE Than Sport Village (hurry over, these will sell out fast!) and 2XU will giving back for every item sold at their hub store in the Ironman Village.  

LAVA JAVA 

A home for all of us not only during race week, but throughout the year, we are excited to be a part of the LAVA JAVA team this year.  Sip your coffee from a MORE Than Sport mug and learn about our impact around the world while knowing that a portion of every meal and drink purchase made during race week will go back to MORE Than Sport to help transform lives around the world.  

Dont forget to check out all of our partners as well: https://www.morethansport.org/partners

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Bike builds with Flo Cycling

One of our partnerships we love to talk about is Flo Cycling. They run their Bike for a Kid program in collaboration with More Than Sport, and host events across the country in which athletes can volunteer to build bikes for kids. In the past, More Than Sport events in Kona, Boulder and St. George have provided more than 335 bikes for kids. Iron Man athletes volunteer their time to help out at these awesome bike builds, and it’s always an amazing and inspiring event for everyone involved. At the Iron Man championship next month, we will be building another 135 bikes in partnership with Flo Cycling.

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Providing shelter in India

In the past year, More Than Sport has worked with our partners to provide shelter for more than 2800 women and children in India.

Here is a story of hope that was shared with us by one of our frineds:

‘Panna was lured into marriage to a man who did not love her. Almost immediately after they married, her husband began to sell her to other men to earn money. He was an alcoholic and would torture Panna frequently. This went on for several years before her daughter, Sohni, was born.

After Sohni was born, Panna could not stand the torture any longer. She could not stand to see her daughter suffer. As things became worse, the abuse caught the attention of her neighbors. They called the police and Panna was rescued from her abusive husband for good.

Panna rented a small apartment for her and Sohni. However she did not have a job to sustain them, so she was forced to sell herself to support her daughter. She would pick up Sohni from the babysitter just to spend a few hours with her before “clients” came back.

Three years went by like that, but then one day Panna disappeared. Sohni waited for her mother to come and visit, but she never returned. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and still no Panna. The babysitters did all they could to support Sohni, but they did not have much to give. After some time Sohni became malnourished and as time went on she was forced to do household work like carrying large, heavy jugs of water and grinding spices.
People began to notice this malnourished little child and Sohni was soon taken to a Project Rescue affiliated site. She is now a beautiful young woman preparing for college. She is an artist and knows how to read, write and speak English fluently.’

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Medical treatments in the Middle East

In December 2015, we collaborated with Doctors Without Borders to provide more than 3300 treatments for people in the Middle East. Recently, we made another contribution that provided an additional 2138 treatments.

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Currently, there is a tremendous amount of ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and More Than Sport has been eager to help in any way possible. Doctors Without Borders has been an excellent partnership, and in the future we hope to have many more collaborations with this amazing organization.

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Room to Read

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” – Kofi Annan

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In honor of International Literacy Day, we want to feature one of our favorite partners – Room to Read! Room to Read is an organization committed to the development of literacy skills among children, and gender equality in education. Operations in their program countries are run entirely by local staff, and have benefited more than ten million children to date. With help from our brand partners 2xu, Zwift, Qt2 and Every Man Jack, More Than Sport has provided more than 1500 books to Room to Read in the past year. We share the belief with Room to Read that world change starts with educated children.

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Filters for Fiji

This July, More Than Sport was able to help distribute 300 water filters in Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. The result of this distribution project was clean water for life for more than 14,650 Fijians – not a bad outcome at all! These filters were distributed in a village called Naivuvuni through our partnership with Drink Maple and Every Man Jack (EMJ) and our friends at Justice Water.

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Here is KJ Appelt’s testimonial about what she encountered in Fiji:

“You see the trees with broken branches, you see destroyed home, you see the plastic tents that were given as relief and temporary shelter, but you can never really see or understand what people actually have gone through when a cyclone comes through and rips their village apart. 

People welcome you warmly, serve watermelons and have you come into their homes with big smiles, and you think things are okay. But people are still recovering from that cyclone, and even before that they’ve had plenty of things that weren’t okay, one of them being their water. 
The village of Naivuvuni in Ra on the main island of Fiji has always struggled with water. It comes from the mountains, but it’s not always clean. Often it’s brown, there are things floating in it, and it can definitely cause stomach problems. One continues on with life with whatever water they can get, because that’s just life – that’s just how things are. But what if it didn’t have to be like that?

On this trip, we were able to spend some time with the people in this village. Families that were available came and gathered at one of the homes that hosted us. We sat together and talked about water filters. It was really great to see everyone that came, that showed up with their own bucket for the filter, as it showed that they were prepared and that they were eager to learn. The men and women assembled their own filters, while children gathered around and watched. Then we ran through some extra muddy water through the filter, and watched the crystal clear water flow into a cup! Sometimes you’ve got to see in order to believe! And sometimes you have to try it to trust it, so a few brave people drank the filtered water and gave their approval. Now their families will have safe water for decades to come! It’s amazing how effective those little filters can be! 
It’s always a sweet moment to watch moms and dads walk home holding their child’s hand in one hand, and a bucket with the new filter in the other – you know their lives just got a little better.”

Thank you to all our partners who made this incredible goal a reality!

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QT2 Systems and MORE Than Sport team up to give back

August 4, 2016 – Kailua-Kona, HI.  MORE Than Sport, the global brand for good in sport, is pleased to announce a unique partnership with QT2 Systems, a leader in individual coaching, group training and nutrition programs.  This multi part program will provide athletes the opportunity to do more while training and racing with QT2.  QT2 Systems has selected their Race Fuel Plan, through The Core Diet, as a marque to service to kick off the relationship.

With the purchase of every QT2 Race Fuel Plan, MORE Than Sport will be able to provide one of the following: eight people with Clean Water for Life, 40 people facing hunger with a meal, eight people with a night of safe shelter, four books donated to a children’s library or 16 People receive a basic medical treatment or medicine.  Individual athletes will have the opportunity to choose their impact by identifying which cause is closest to them and selecting their preferred impact.

“By letting the athlete choose the cause they are most passionate about, we are hoping to build a community of athletes who are connected and invested in doing more,” explains Chris Lieto, Founder of MORE Than Sport. “We believe that together we can build a movement that inspires athletes across all sports to help transform lives, and we are beyond thrilled to add QT2 Systems to the MORE Than Sport family.”

“QT2 Systems LLC is looking to do more with what we believe is a whole-life approach to developing our athletes, which is why we’ve partnered with MORE Than Sport,” said QT2 Systems Founder and PRO Coach, Jesse Kropelnicki.  “Working with an organization that helps transform and restore communities through the power of sport is such a unique idea, and one that supports everything we believe at QT2.  We are looking forward to working together to create long lasting impact in the world.”

About QT2 Systems
QT2 Systems LLC, offers complete endurance event preparation via its brands QT2 Systems (Detailed Triathlon Coach), OutRival Racing (Triathlon Coach & Group Training), Your 26.2 (Run Coach) and The Core Diet (Endurance Nutrition). QT2’s over 40 professional USA Triathlon certified coaches and Registered Dietitians offer one-on-one training and nutrition to over 35 professionals, over 80 elite age group athletes (Kona and Boston qualifiers), and more than 400 beginner to mid-level athletes throughout the country and worldwide. To find out more about the services offered by QT2 Systems, visit http://www.qt2systems.com/ or http://www.OutRivalRacing.com.

About MORE Than Sport

MORE than Sport was developed in 2007 by Professional Triathlete Chris Lieto. Since then, it has grown into a global movement of athletes who believe in competing for MORE than just a win.  The MORE than Sport mission is to transform lives around the world through amazing products, service trips, and fundraising opportunities to provide clean water, food, medical care, education, and housing for those in need. Through direct donations, corporate partners, event support and the MTS marketplace, MORE than Sport has supplied over 39,000 meals to those facing hunger, provided over 292,000 nights of shelter, supported 500 students in receiving educational resources and ensured over 30,000 individuals will receive clean water for life.

® MORE Than Sport and the MORE Than Sport logo are trademarks registered US Patent and Trademark Office.

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