HAMMOND | Leon’s Triathlon and Team Red, White, and Blue, an organization dedicated to supporting veterans and enriching their lives by connecting them with the community through social and physical activity, have partnered to put a focus on the mission of Team RWB. The hope for Leon’s Triathlon moving forward is that Team RWB’s message reaches veterans who will benefit from their organization.
“Their message is so critical, so powerful, of what Team Red White and Blue is doing in community. We have a national audience, I feel we’re obligated to get the message out there,” Leon Wolek, founder of Leon’s Triathlon, said.
Leon’s Triathlon is telecast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and its affiliates nationwide to more than 21 million households.
Wolek has long been respectful and supportive of veterans, and has had previous years’ races include ceremonies to honor the brave men and women who have fought for our country. Team RWB and Wolek were able to see they shared a lot of common ground during the 2012 opening ceremonies for Leon’s Triathlon.
Wolek worked with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was able to host the Garrison Flag and a 21-gun salute as part of the opening ceremonies for the race. Team RWB has since designated Leon’s Triathlon as a national event, and the race will now serve as a medium for making people more aware of the work the organization does.
Team RWB connects veterans recently returning home to their communities through team-oriented activities, social events and physical activities. According to Wolek, Team RWB not only connects the veterans with community, but creates a supportive network to allow veterans to collectively work through the experience of war together. Exercise has shown to be an effective tool for combatting depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Team RWB gives members a purpose by promoting team work and activity and involving them in events with a common goal and shared accomplishment.
“We’re honored to be in the position to get their message out and if we can save a life, how can you put a value on that,” Wolek said.
Wolek believes that as time goes on, Leon’s Triathlon will become well known for its dedication to honoring veterans.
“Once people understand what’s going on, I do believe the streets will be lined with supporters and that it’s the spirit of Northwest Indiana that allows us to do this,” Wolek said.
Leon’s Triathlon is scheduled for June 2 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. Demo Day will be on June 1. For more information on Team RWB, visit www.teamrwb.org. For more information on Leon’s Triathlon, visit www.leonstriathlon.com.