The "Who" & "Why" Behind the Foundation



Steve Smith, also known as “Steve-O”, was a Michiana resident, swim coach, teacher and World Champion Triathlete.  He is known as one of the most decorated amateur triathletes of all time with over 250 triathlons completed.  A few of achievements include:

  • 12-time Kona Ironman competitor (4 of these he was in the top 5 in his age group)
  • 6 World Champion Titles
  • 15-time All-American by USAT (Ranked #1)
  • 5-time Grand Master Champion by USAT
  • 14 USAT National Championship titles
  • 2-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion
  • Long Course World Champion
  • Short Course World Champion
  • Boston Marathon Finisher
  • Member of the Indiana High School Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame
  • Featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd".  

He has been a huge inspiration to many!

steve-bike-sm.jpgApril 24th, 2012 he was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor called Glioblastoma. In true “Steve-O” style, he battled this cancer with determination, strength and courage for over 28 months before passing away September 4th, 2014.  

Steve's vision for the Racing For Steve-O Foundation is to help our Michiana special needs community become more healthy and active by providing individual scholarships for recreational activities, camps and sports. We also donate funds to Michiana charities that share our mission.

2014 was our 1st full year of operation and we were able to give back over $15,000 to our Michiana special needs community!!  28 scholarships were awarded to help individuals attend Camp Millhouse, Reins of Life, Logan Center Summer Camps, Camp Riley and Loveway Therapeutic Horseback riding.  Many of these individuals would not be able to attend these activities without these scholarships!  We were also able to help donate to the building of Freedom Park (all abilities park in Plymouth), SOLO Ski Club, Challenger Little League, Elkhart & Michiana Down Syndrome Advocacy Groups and Logan Center.

Please join us August 27th, 2016 for the 3rd Annual Barron Lake Triathlon.  Please visit website for event details and registration!


Meet Our Board:

Executive Director: Sarah (Smith) Cira

President:  Tim Legge

Vice President: DJ Hanback

Secretary: Nick Weiler

Treasurer: Donald Hammond

Advisory Board:

Joshua Diehl

Stacey Weirich

Stephanie Krol

Amy Kuitse

Thank you notes received from our scholarship winners:


Dear Racing For Steve-O, 

Thank you for donating a lot of money for me to go to Camp Riley.  I am so glad to for two weeks of it this year!  Do you remember the article about me and my experience at camp last year in the paper?  If you do, I promise that this decision was a good one!  I am happy to say that on August 27, 2016, my Dad and I will be helping with this year's triathlon.  Thank you so much for donating money for me this year!  




Dear Sarah and the Steve-O Foundation Board, 

Our family would like to thank you for the generous gift of the Camp Millhouse scholarship for our son.  He was 5 years old when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest.  He was left with a traumatic brain injury due to lack of oxygen to his brain.  He is now an adult and requires 24 hour care.  Although he didn't recover nearly as much as we hoped, we know he enjoys his life in his own way and camp is something he loves and provides us with much needed respite.  

We remember seeing your father's story on the news.  What a wonderful way of remembering him and carrying on his legacy.  We promise to pay it forward and are looking forward to a great week at Camp Millhouse.


R, T and M


Dear Racing For Steve-O, 

My name is Derek.  I am so happy and so appreciate the Racing For Steve-O Foundation scholarship award that you have awarded me.  This gives me the opportunity to go to Camp Millhouse and enjoy all the activities that I enjoy so much.  As I have Autism and now I have something to look forward to.  My mom and I pray a lot and now my prayer came true.  

Thank you so much, 





2016 Barron Lake Triathlon and Kids Triathlon:


2015 Racing For Steve-O Foundation donates $15,000 to Michiana Challenged Athletes:


2015 Racing For Steve-O Foundation Gearing Up for 2nd Annual Barron Lake Triathlon & 5K Benefiting Challenged Athletes:


2014 Barron Lake Triathlon:

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