World Vision partners with
Americans asked to set “unthinkable” goals
Ironman triathlete Scott Rigsby
to help world’s children reach theirs
March 18, 2008
—If you think running a marathon or completing a triathlon for a great cause is beyond your reach, don’t tell Scott Rigsby. The Ironman triathlete, also a double amputee, is teaming with World Vision to ask Americans to look beyond their limitations and set previously unthinkable goals for themselves — to help children in poverty struggling against the odds.
Last fall, nearly 500 people joined Team World Vision to run the Chicago Marathon, a race that would go down in history as the city’s most grueling, due to unseasonably high heat and humidity. Despite the challenges, participants pursued their goals and achieved record-breaking fundraising for Team World Vision — and they’re coming back for more.
“We’re determined to recruit even more people to run for children impacted by HIV/AIDS and disabilities. That’s where Scott Rigsby comes in,” said Michael Chitwood, Team World Vision coordinator. “His accomplishments are phenomenal, and he personifies dedication, perseverance and tenacity. Many people feel that a marathon or Ironman event is beyond their ability, and no one challenges that assumption more powerfully and inspirationally than Scott.”
“Doing the Unthinkable” is a motto Scott Rigsby embraced when he decided in 2005 to change the world by breaking down barriers for physically challenged athletes. He completed 13 triathlons and five road races in less than a year on his way to setting multiple world records for a double below-the-knee amputee. On Oct. 13, 2007, Rigsby became the first double amputee in the world to complete an Ironman distance triathlon with prosthetics at the 140.6-mile World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
As the Team World Vision Advocate for Children with Disabilities, Scott will help activate community based programs in extreme poverty stricken areas for children suffering from loss of limb or mobility. This includes much needed orthotics and prosthetics equipment and professional medical care within the communities that the child lives. World Vision and Scott Rigsby are joining voices through various communications and endurance sporting events in the coming months to educate and inspire individuals, groups, and congregations to join Team World Vision in this global mission.
About the Scott Rigsby Foundation
To expand his mission worldwide, Rigsby has formed the Scott Rigsby Foundation (501C) designed to inspire, educate, and enable other amputees and all challenged athletes. Through his efforts, Rigsby remains true to his simple prayer, “Maybe they all can look at me and say, you know what? Life is tough, but if this guy can make it, then I can make it.” Learn more about Scott and the Scott Rigsby Foundation at www.scottrigsby.com.