Fort Myers Triathlon Trainer Donates to Keep Kids from Going Hungry.


Fort Myers Triathlon Trainer, Angie Ferguson of Geared Up! donates to CCMI of Lee County for the Blessings in a Backpack program.

FORT MYERS, Florida--January 26, 2010--Fort Myers Multisport Coach and Triathlon Trainer, Angie Ferguson makes charitable donation on behalf of "Geared Up! Triathlon team", to sponsor 10 students for one semester starting in January 2010 through Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated for the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Ferguson, who leads the Geared Up! Triathlon Team, says, "Although this is the first time I've ever donated to the Blessings in a Backpack program, I'm extremely proud to do so. I'm sponsoring 10 students for a semester on behalf of the team because these kids shouldn't go hungry over the weekend and I want to guarantee that they don't." Learn more about Geared Up by visiting the website:

The Blessings in a Backpack program is run by Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated (CCMI) and is designed to help feed children whose families don't have enough to feed them over the weekend when they are not in school. It was created to help those children improve their health and thus, perform better in school.

According to a study done at Boca Raton Elementary School in Florida, scores for the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)--a reading comprehension test for students participating in the Blessings in a Backpack--increased 80 percent overall. The study also reports increases in reading by 31 percent and in math by 29 percent among third, fourth and fifth graders.

Ferguson stated, "I believe in giving back to the community. This is an investment in our future and it's the right thing to do. Giving back is what it means to be a part of a community--and I love this community!"

Visit the Geared Up Website:

About the Blessings in a Backpack Program:
For some children, where school is five days a week, for others, hunger is seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Blessings in a Backpack program is a results-oriented program designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the Federal free and reduced meal program--families who may not have enough food to make it through the weekend. The Blessings in a Backpack program not only feeds these children, but also aims to increase test scores and school attendance, improve reading skills, positive behavior and most especially, their health.

A donations of $80 feeds a child for an entire school year. With that donation, a school is chosen and a local grocer partners with the Blessings in a Backpack program to provide food for meals in backpacks. Every Friday, students receive their backpacks with staples that require little to no preparation. They then return to school on Monday with their backpacks, ready to learn.

Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 18,500 children in 16 states. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time.

About Angie Ferguson:
Triathlon Trainer, Angie Ferguson is no stranger to the field of exercise and fitness. With over 22 years of comprehensive experience, she has been both the trainee and the coach. While her education and training facilitate wellness, health and optimal training, her specialized background includes a rehabilitative and therapeutic approach to fitness and allows her to work both with elite level and recreational athletes, sports injuries, and special populations.

As a veteran of endurance sports, Angie has competed in countless marathons, triathlons, both nationally and internationally. She is:

  • A 12-time Ironman
  • A member of the USA World Championship Triathlon Team in 2005 and 2006
  • An All American-ranked USA Level II Advanced and USA cycling coach
  • Qualified for and competed in the 2008 and 2009 World Championships
  • Recipient of 2009 "40 under 40" Award For Top Business Professionals

Angie believes that coaching is about having fun, believing, teaching, compassion, encouragement, support and patience!

The Triathlon Team is comprised of athletes of all levels, abilities, backgrounds and goals, but who share a love for a multi-sport lifestyle and an interest in improving their health.

Call Angie today at (239) 246-2920 and read her blog at