Live Grit SOARS helps young people in underserved communities build physical and emotional strength through the sport of triathlon- swimming, biking, and running.
It all started with a triathlon retail store in Chicago's West Loop and quickly grew into a training community after our launch of the Chicago Triathlon First Timers’ program in 2015.
Since then, we’ve encouraged, guided, and supported more than 3,000 ordinary people in their quests to accomplish extraordinary things. We witnessed those same people take their newfound confidence, apply it to their personal and professional lives and thrive.
Live Grit founder Gillian Fealy has a law background with an emphasis on social work. She often speaks to how fortunate she was to have the support of adults outside her family circle who believed in her and helped her through tough moments in her youth. As an adult, she wanted to be able to give opportunities similar to those she was given to youth who wouldn’t usually get first chances, let alone second ones. After owning a triathlon retail store, in 2017 Gillian created Live Grit SOARS to provide the opportunities, mentorship, and training to Chicago’s underprivileged youth as she did with the triathlon community in the city.