What is i-tri?
PO Box 567
East Hampton, NY 11937
Phone: (631) 902-3731
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Our intensive, multifaceted program, led by professional coaches, nutritionists and educators, focuses on self-esteem building, athletic training, family outreach and nutrition classes.
i-tri’s goal is to teach the girls that they are CAPABLE, STRONG, and WORTHY.
At an age at which they are often confronted with difficult life choices, i-tri girls are taught to believe in themselves and their peers. They learn to reach inward to find their own strengths and to help others find theirs. Oh, and along the way we train them for a youth distance triathlon!
In the past 7 years, i-tri has grown from a pilot project serving eight girls at one school to an established, trusted and comprehensive program serving over 100 girls and their families in six Long Island school districts.
This entire program is offered free of charge to every participant. Through the program’s rich and comprehensive approach, the girls discover that it’s not only about getting to the finish line, but what you learn and who you become along the way.
i-tri started in 2010, when founder Theresa Roden, inspired by her own transformative experience of completing a triathlon, set out to see if it was possible to lead a group of adolescent girls on a similar journey to the finish line of a youth distance triathlon, along the way increasing their self-esteem and fitness levels. Her hometown in the Hamptons was a good place to start. While many believe the Hamptons is a summer-playground for the rich and famous, the East End of Long Island is home to a diverse community of year-round residents. Fifty percent of students in the area consider themselves a minority and ten percent of the population lives below the poverty level. Our journey has been an exciting one of growth, expansion and success.
Our girls and their families are required to make a significant commitment of time to be a part of i-tri.
The six-month program includes weekly group lessons focused on self-esteem building and leadership skills, as well as hands-on nutrition education (also offered to their families). i-tri girls participate in weekday after-school fitness activities (yoga, belly-dancing, spin classes). They do their triathlon-specific training (swimming, biking and running) on Saturdays at the East Hampton YMCA.
Theresa Roden founded i-tri in 2010. Roden has a degree and background in education and first-hand knowledge of what it means to be an adolescent girl.
Inspired by her own experience of realizing the benefits of visualization, nutrition and the active lifestyle that the sport of triathlon gave her in her 30’s, Theresa wanted to see if she could teach these invaluable life lessons to at-risk adolescent girls, increasing their self-esteem and fitness levels.
“I just realized that if I could have had this experience when I was 12, I would have been a different, more confident woman,” explains Theresa.
• i-tri’s results have been clear to benefactors and community leaders: i-tri girls have experienced marked improvements in self-esteem and physical health.
• Ninety percent of participants demonstrate a significant increase in fitness levels and 100 percent demonstrate positive changes in their eating habits. Self-esteem evaluation scores skyrocket and body fat percentages fall. Girls who have completed the i-tri program are confident leaders in their school and community. Talk to any one of them and you will sense their confidence and can-do attitude.
• i-tri has been recognized locally and nationally as an innovative and effective program that changes the lives of adolescent girls. Congressman Timothy Bishop says, “It is fitting for I-TRI to be a model for similar programs around our nation. . . I have recommended I-TRI to the Obama Administration for its consideration and to the First Lady as she continues to promote her national “Let’s Move” initiative.”