Success Stories

When I started training for my first triathlon, one the biggest obstacles I faced was that I didn’t know how to ride a bicycle. I had previously attempted to learn but wasn’t successful. i-tri taught me a visualization technique. I was taught to see myself riding for miles…I kept doing it and convinced myself that I was going to learn to ride no matter what.  When the time came, I tried my hardest, and I began riding! I was so proud of myself! Visualizing and using affirmations boosted the quality of my college applications, and made my dream more tangible. When I learned that I was accepted into my top school, I knew that these skills I learned in i-tri had definitely helped.

ALICIA, Human Rights Studies at Barnard College. I-TRI 2013, 2014 & 2015

If I had to pick the moment that made me who I am today I would pick the one at the end of this story. When I joined i-tri I had just moved to a new school. I had few friends and my self-confidence was nonexistent. I was the lonely, non-athletic, new girl in 7th grade. I did not think I could do a triathlon. I couldn’t even run a twenty-minute mile. Just one year earlier, while my family was out of town attending my grandmother’s funeral – our house burned to the ground. I had lost everything. Many Saturdays the last thing I wanted to do was wake up and go work out. But I learned to put on my sneakers even when I did not want to. i-tri motived me to create goals and achieve them. I wanted to make people proud. On race day I was eager and nervous. My entire family and even some strangers were cheering me on. I crossed the finish line and my smile was wider than it had ever been. The following year, I became a mentor for i-tri and experienced the power of giving back. Now I’m studying Social Work at College – so I can help people achieve their dreams. Crossing the finish line, taking that one step, having that one moment has made me who I am today.

Kaya, Studying Social Work at Champlain College. I-TRI 2013 & 2014

Jill Raynor with i-tri participant
“Witnessing the pure joy on the faces of each of the girls as they completed the race was incredibly rewarding. I had the dual privilege of watching my twin daughters participate in i-tri and cross the finish line with that amazing sense of accomplishment. There is truly nothing like the experience of cheering on the girls as they work so hard to accomplish their goals.”

Jill Raynor, Program Leader

Nicole in i-tri swim uniform
“I changed in many ways. Before I wouldn’t have to courage to speak out but now I do! I am now proud of myself, and I have i-tri to thank for that! I changed in the way I think of myself. I love my body and I feel comfortable in it… I now am optimistic and look for ways to be a leader, but also know the importance of a team-member. I changed in so many ways and I know the people around me are proud!”

Nicole, Student @ East Hampton Middle School. I-TRI 2018

Kathleen King
“i-tri is a growing grassroots organization that is maturing and growing as they continue to change the lives of young girls, their families and their communities. I am grateful it all started in my community and honored to support all that they do.”

Kathleen King, Founder of Tate’s Cookies

Eric Casale
“i-tri empowers young women to do things they never thought possible. The program gives young ladies a voice, and teaches them there is nothing they can’t overcome.”

Eric Casale, Principal @ Springs School