Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley CEO, who is a skydiving enthusiast, had a horrific accident in October of 2013. While skydiving in California, Mr. Wirth was not able to make it to his designated landing area. He landed in a vineyard full of upright poles which supported the vines. One of those poles almost completely severed his right arm and, due to the extensive blood loss, almost took his life. Surgeons were able to reattach his arm, and Mr. Wirth has been recovering with help from his family, friends, and occupational therapists.

While recovering, Mr. Wirth met a group of Navy Seals doing winter mountain combat training at Squaw Valley. In the meantime, he sent a video of himself riding a bike to IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick. Wirth had been trying to get an IRONMAN 70.3 race, and the video prompted Messick to do so. Mr. Wirth created a relay team which consisted of one of the Navy Seals he met as swimmer, a college friend for cycling, and himself as runner, forming a team called Special Warfare Warrior Support Team that raises funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The Navy SEAL Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to provide support to the Naval Special Warfare Community and its families. Post 9/11, there has been a demand for Special Operations Forces around the world. The U.S. Navy SEALs spend most of their time away from home serving our country. Our country is dependent upon their service. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides the following programs: warrior support and family services, educational opportunities, tragedy assistance, survivor support, and legacy preservation.

Andy Wirth and his IRONMAN team members are once again competing this year to support the Navy SEAL Foundation. Please help Andy Wirth’s Special Warfare Warrior Support Team reach his goal and give at: https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport

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