It is the mission, duty and purpose of iDream Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities for Western North Carolina youth and adults who are unable to pay for sporting event fees, coaching, travel expenses and/or equipment to train for and/or participate in our WNC sporting events. This tax-exempt non-profit provides needs-based scholarships. The amounts to be gifted are determined on a case-by-case basis through a criteria-selection process.

In addition, we will assist in fueling the growth for local running, cycling and multi-sport champions, teams, clubs, locally owned stores and communities in Western North Carolina by providing resource and financial support when conducting our key activities.


Owner and Race Director for iDaph Events, Daphne Kirkwood, has put together an update on the iDream Athletes Foundation and the winter programs that typically would be starting soon. Please view our blog post and/or video for an update to our two winter programs: Asheville Winter Bike League (AVL WBL) and Asheville Winter Swim League (AVL SWL).

“Over the last few months I have been brainstorming on how in the world we can do these group rides and group swims safely. Each and every time I go down various possibilities with new plans, they all seem to fall short of the original vision and mission of what these training programs are intended to do. Trust me, I have been more determined than ever to keep fun, safe happenings going on through this pandemic, and we at iDaph Events have successfully produced safe, socially-distanced and wave and rolling start style events over the past few months. However, this method for these particular programs just does not meet the need of the community and the purpose of what they are supposed to do.”


Entering the sport of cycling, running and multi-sport can be costly. Removing the cost barrier for youth and adults who are interested in training for or participating in a running, cycling or multi-sport event is key to growing our WNC sports community. With iDream Athletes Foundation coaches we will be able to provide an approachable and comfortable setting for a kid or adult to gain exposure, experience and training in either running, cycling or swimming. This allows us to support and spur-on healthy, active lifestyles in our community members.
By making a monetary contribution to iDream Athletes Foundation, you help make an opportunity possible for WNC residents to enjoy the experience of a sporting event or activity, whether it be participating in our Asheville Winter Bike League (AVLWBL), the purchase of a new bike for local youth or adults, race entry fees paid for an unemployed athlete, or swimming lessons for someone training for their upcoming big event or Ironman! Join us in helping our western North Carolina youth and adults by making a tax-deductible contribution today.

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“Just want to take a moment to thank you for all that you do for the community. Besides organizing high quality events you also provide unique opportunities for athletes to experience such as the swim clinic and time trials. You go way beyond what is expected.”

Lonnie Lepore

iDaph Events Participant

“The swim league was really helpful to me.  I had back surgery a few weeks after the swim league and my doctors said my muscles around my back were very toned and that has helped me recover quickly.”

Janet Peterson

2019 Asheville Swim League Participant

We Would Love to Develop Relationships with…

Local Trainers

Across versatile athletic fields (i.e., but not limited to: running, soccer, swimming, cycling/biking, dance, etc.) to add to our list of resources

Existing Organizations

Clubs, racing/sporting events, and businesses offering sporting classes/services in WNC to promote our scholarship program

Local Retailers

Sporting good stores and other athletics related retailers to promote our mission and ensure there is a standing relationship for future equipment needs
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Contact Us

Contact us HERE for more information about our iDream Athletes Foundation.

iDream Athletes Foundation’s Key Activities

Will include, but not be limited to…

  • iDream Scholarship Program and application/selection process based on socioeconomic status, needs, goals and dreams of the applicant.
  • Creation of a ‘beginner’ & ‘novice’ friendly athletic environment to support those who are intimidated by, do not have the means to participate in, or don’t know how to start getting involved the disciplines of cycling, swimming and running. In turn this assistance will boost participation and engagement in the cycling (road, mountain, cyclocross, track), multi-sport (triathlon, duathlon) and running communities in the Carolinas.
  • Outreach to underprivileged youth, minorities and residents of subsidized housing complexes in WNC to promote our scholarship program.
  • Develop a tiered-volunteer program for iDream Athletes beneficiaries to participate in to learn more about sporting/racing events (“the more you know, the more you’ll grow” mentality).
  • Develop a schedule of educational engagements for iDream Athletes beneficiaries to participate in to expand their knowledge on healthy habits (diet, exercise, mental health, economics, etc.)
  • Invest in existing community activities (rides, runs, swims) and pioneer new activities to promote and encourage an inclusive and cohesive health and wellness community. (i.e. BRBC Bike Clinics, Swim Stroke Clinics in the area, and the Asheville Winter Bike League – with A, B, C riders, sag supported w/ ride leaders, etc.)

iDream Athletes Foundation Supports and Funds:

Race Donation for 43rd Marine Corps Marathon-Seymour Pink

Brevard Cycling Team - sponsorship

IC Imagine — sponsorship of Mountain Bike Team

Zach Tacy 70.3 World Championships in S. Africa - Assisted with iDream Scholarship

Pure Velo Racing Women’s Cycling Team 

IC. Imagine MTB Club

That Dam Swim - benefiting Hope Chest for Women 

Asheville Swim League including: 
2017 Inaugural Asheville Winter Swim League, 2017 Inaugural Asheville Summer Swim League and Launch of 2017 Asheville Fall Swim League 
Asheville Youth Swim League

Asheville Winter Bike League

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At times, per the board of directors discretion, we may provide internship or volunteer opportunities for involvement in outreach activities and programs in order to have a greater impact for change such as being involved in researching targeted areas of WNC who could benefit from iDream Athletes Foundation services and Scholarship Program. Such activities shall always be free of charge to participants and will not include compensation to the interns or volunteers, however, school credits may be available with prior arrangement.

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Financial Information

iDream Athletes Foundations’ income derives from personal resources, public donations, grants, sponsorship and fundraising and disposes its income through the decisions made by its board of directors or the Foundation’s by laws in accordance to our mission. Expenses paid include, but are not limited to, equipment purchases and rentals, insurance premiums, internet web site fees, publications, advertising, and miscellaneous board expenses.

Incorporated 7/2015; 501c(3) tax-exempt status approved by IRS 8/22/2015.

iDream Athletes Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, gender/sex, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, or age in the administration of any of its financial support to iDream Athletes scholarship awardees.