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United Cerebral Palsy Of Greater Cleveland Honors Pacific Sports And The Cleveland Triathlon For Raising Over $1 Million

March 28, 2017 - Cleveland, Ohio -  The Team UCP Kick Off and Celebration was held at the Great Lakes Science Center this past Thursday, March 23.  United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland honored Pacific Sports and The Cleveland Triathlon with a special award celebrating an incredible partnership that has spanned a decade and raised over $1 Million in support of UCP of Greater Cleveland.

As the official charity of the Cleveland Triathlon, UCP has worked closely with Pacific Sports over the years in utilizing this wonderful event in the City of Cleveland as a tool to raise funds, bring awareness and bring joy to children and adults with disabilities.

Pacific Sports Owner & CEO Jack Caress who was there to receive this emotional award had this to say, “Our relationship with UCP of Greater Cleveland has positively changed the personality and the atmosphere of the Cleveland Triathlon.  It has served to benefit not only the fundraising of UCP but enriched the experience of every participant and volunteer of the event the past 10 years.   It has also served as a model for how events like ours can work together with charitable organizations in other parts of the United States.  We at Pacific Sports are very proud to have such a great partner in UCP of Greater Cleveland.”

Trish Otter, President & CEO of UCP of Greater Cleveland echoed Mr. Caress’ sentiments on the partnership, “UCP of Greater Cleveland has been proud to be a partner of Pacific Sports and the Cleveland Triathlon, with our tenth race forthcoming this July. Over the years, 36 families served by agency programming have been a part of Team UCP, bringing close to 1,000 racers and hundreds of volunteers.  Through these efforts, over $1 Million has been raised to support UCP of Greater Cleveland's mission to empower children and adults with disabilities to advance their independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. We are grateful for this partnership and both the funds that have been raised and the awareness built throughout the community.”

It was a wonderful night for all involved, as Team UCP kicked off the season getting ready for the 2017 Cleveland Triathlon.  To learn more and donate to this great cause visit the UCP site or find out more about the upcoming event at the Cleveland Triathlon site.



Based in Anaheim, California, Pacific Sports LLC has been the premier sports consulting firm for over 35 years. The firm specializes in event development, production, management and corporate sports marketing and development in participatory lifestyle events including triathlon, running and cycling. Pacific Sports produces six events annually including the Brooklyn 15k, Cleveland Triathlon, Long Beach Triathlon, Newport Beach Triathlon and the U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, Heath, and Dallas Texas. The company and its founder and president, Jack Caress, have produced more than 430 endurance events in the United States, including the 1996 Triathlon World Championships in Cleveland, Ohio and 12 U.S. Championships.



In 1950, UCP of Greater Cleveland was formed by a group of determined parents who saw few true opportunities for their children with cerebral palsy. During this time, it was often recommended that individuals with disabilities be placed in institutional settings rather than live with their families and be contributing members of the community. The parents that founded UCP knew that their children, and all individuals with disabilities, had a right to the most productive and inclusive life possible and joined together to make this a reality. What began as a loosely-knit group of programs consisting of a nursery school, a summer camp for children, a social-recreational program for adults, and a mother’s club has evolved into an accredited, high impact, thriving organization meeting the complex health and social challenges facing children and adults with a range of disabilities. UCP today provides a continuum of services throughout Greater Cleveland ranging from pediatric therapy, family-focused case management and education, as well as employment opportunities and community integration services for adults.