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 binomo trade review 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.



Since 2015, we have awarded over 100 individual recreational grants worth $37,000 to individuals with special needs so they could participate in recreational activites, camps and sports across Michiana.  We have also donated over $41,000 to Michiana chairities that share our mission!!  That's a combined $78,000 donated back to our special needs community in the past 3 years and we continue to grow every year!


Meet Our Board:

Executive Director: Sarah (Smith) Cira

President:  Tim Legge

Vice President: Nick Weiler

Secretary: Nick Weiler

Treasurer: Dr. Joshua Diehl

Advisory Board:

DJ Hanback, DJ Multisport Coaching

Mary Jo Malstaff

Stacey Weirich

Stephanie Krol,  SKPR Stephanie Krol Personal Relations

Jeffery Bayleat, Keystone RV

Ann Amico Moran, Gibson Insurance

Thank you notes received from our scholarship winners:


Dear Racing For Steve-O, 

Thanks for sponsoring me to go to Camp Riley for 3 years in a row now!  What you've provided me is irreplaceable.  You've given me what I've needed most for awhile now.  A sense of belonging.  During my experiences at Camp Riley, I learned that there's a niche for me.  With the $ $1,500 you spent on me, you've told me that I'm not worthless.  You've told me that I'm equally as important as any other human being on the Earth.  I can assure you that this isn't a bad investment  I've made some really cool friends at Camp Riley, both students and staff members!  I was glad and overjoyed when I got to volunteer at you triathlon last year. Do you remember it was cold, windy and pouring down rain?  Well, it was 4 hours well spent on helping you guys!  I am psyched about this year's triathlon.  Maybe it will be a triathlon, not a uniathlon?  I am glad to hear that you've sponsored me 3 years in a row now.  Thanks for blessing me with the opportunity of a lifetime by supplying $500 for me going to Camp Riley for 2 weeks.  I really appreciate it!



P.S.- That $500 won't go to waste!!


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, 





2017 Racing For Steve-O Foundation "Year in Review" Newsletter:


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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