I am an I Tri girl. Being part of I Tri has haven me confidence and helps me accomplish anything I set my mind to. I Tri isn't about how quick you can do it,its about doing it and having fun doing it. I don't know where I would be without I Tri cause it has benifeted me so much. I broke my arm turing traning last year. At first I thought I couldn't possibly cross the finish line. But with support from all of our amazing coaches, Theresa, and my fellow I Tri girls I did get to cross the finish line. Theresa is an amazing women who I know I can go to for anything in the world. I TRI has taught me to dream big and never give up. I TRI is more than a race its a group of sisters that will support each other till the end.
The chills I get each year when I see the i-tri girls cross the finish line of their culminating super-sprint triathlon shows me that my ongoing support of this worthy East End program is worthwhile. Taking at-risk middle school girls and transforming them is what i-tri does best.
Working with just a shoestring budget, i-tri effectively touches and inspires the lives of East End middle school-aged girls through the sport of triathlon. I am honored to serve on i-tri's Board of Directors.
I was introduced to i-tri through a friend who, for whatever reason, thought I would find this very original group of young girls and their purpose to be inspirational. As a 62-year old man with receding hair and extending stomach, I couldn't imagine what we would have in common. Boy, was I in the dark!
From the very moment I saw a YouTube video about i-tri, I was convinced that this growing group of inspired girls could use my support and I enlisted as best I could at the moment. I plan to keep supporting them as long as they need me and to inspire others to do the same.
Their impact on the lives of the children they help is monumental. The same girls go on to help others, too, so they've started to grow outward AND upward, which helps them get their message out there and more girls into their programs.
Watch their video on YouTube; there are more than one. And think about yourself as a pre-teen facing the challenges of school life, your lack of confidence and self-esteem. Whew! It was a lot for me to face when I was going into 8th grade. Today, kids this age seem to have even more pressures.
I-tri helps them get fit, eat right, exercise and develop skills in preparing to be a teenager. The transformation is hard to define, and their video just about brings you to tears of joy! Help them if you can. It's a lean organization, whose founder is hands-on 24/7 with these kids. I now walk with her every Tuesday and it's easy to see that she has that infectious kind of character that just makes you get up and go! I now know how she influences and empowers these young gals.
I have been a trainer to the girls since this organization started. What I have seen through the years is that this model really works. The girls get so much attention from fitness to self-esteem exercises that by the end of the season when they finally get to race in the triathlon they are completely transformed from shy and meek to strong and confident young girls!!
i-tri is a wonderful, local program benefiting the future of our community, our children. i-tri provides the girls with skills and tools they will carry with them for the rest of their life; a true impression. I am proud to be part of this organization and encourage others to learn more about it at www.itrigirls.org.
I am a volunteer of the organization and witness the time and effort that is made to engage the young lady participants in a manner than will make an impact on their approach to challenges for the rest of the their life. The i-tri girls are provided with tools and guidance in self-respect, confidence, friendship, happiness, empowerment, nutrition, physical fitness, among other life skills. I endorse this program and would recommend the program for families in the community and any parties interested in providing financial support.
I-tri is amazing!!! It really has changed lives! I love I-tri and think many others feel the same, I-tri is making girls the best that they can be! I-tri I think is shaping the future for women and girls!'
My daughter has been a participant of this program from the start and is now a member of the i-tri Empowerment Club at East Hampton High School. It has been an honor and a pleasure to see her and the other girls develop into strong confident leaders! The benefits of i-tri are far reaching and I look forward to a day when all girls have the opportunity to TRI!
I am an I Tri Alumni member and I can not express in words how wonderful this organization is. I Tri has given me one of the best support systems out there. I have learned through the help of my fellow friends and coaches that I can do anything I set my heart too. I Tri is one of the most amazing groups of volunteers, coaches, and peers coming together to inspire everyone, not only in the program but the community.
i-tri is an amazing organization run by dedicated volunteers. Giving young girls inner strength, self esteem, and supporting one another to complete a triathlon.
My daughter was selected to participate in the program the beginning of the year. We were excited, but still didn't quite know what it entailed.
My daughter's school grades had to be decent, she had to attend every meeting during the week and weekends. We also had to attend a series of nutrition programs as a family. Not once did these girls complain about training or meetings.
Never in a million years could I imagine the dedication & hard work that was involved & the pure joy to see my daughter run across that finish line!
My daughter has made more friends and is enjoying Cross Country at her school! Which I'm not sure she would have attempted had she not known what she could accomplish by being an i-tri girl!
We cannot thank Theresa enough for this opportunity! Sincerely, Anita
I am an attorney with Long Island Advocacy Center and had the great pleasure of learning about i-tri at our Annual Conference on October 11, 2013. Theresa Roden and her girls presented at our conference and were so inspirational. In my work at LIAC I speak to students and their families who are struggling to stay in school and graduate. As I learned at our conference, i-tri is an organization that is uniquely supporting at risk girls in an important and caring way. I realized that there are too few opportunities for young women to learn the skills they need to be resilient and confident when faced with obstacles and that without those skills they are at risk for failures at school and at life. I-try gives girls a safe a supportive place to learn that they are valued and capable. The supportive community created by these girls was evident in their presentation. They are becoming capable, strong, beautiful women! I hope that this programs grows so that all girls have the opportunity to participate in such a fantastic program.