When NeighborLink began brainstorming ways to incorporate athletics to raise money that goes back into NL projects, Team NeighborLink was born. Over the years it has continued to grow, and there is now athletic gear for adults and kids, the Night Moves Running Series, the Ambassador program, and this year a cyclocross team.
Cyclocross is a high-intensity bike course, and there are races all around the region the team participates in. Team members will do anywhere from 7-15 races throughout the season.
When our Executive Director and leader of the Team NL, Andrew Hoffman, put the cyclocross team together, he did so with a goal in mind: To raise money and awareness for neighbors in need. He wanted to combine his own personal passion for cycling, as well as call on the community that has developed around Team NL over the years to use their skills and passion for cycling to give back to the community in a practical way.
The team is racing this season with their own personal goals in mind. But beyond just pushing themselves physically this season, they have all come together to combine their love for cycling and their desire to care for those in need. As well as thinking through what being a good neighbor means for them personally, they are actively trying to live it out and raise $6000+ to fund several furnace projects for the cold winter months.
Each team member loves being able to tell the story that they ride/race as a way to raise awareness for vulnerable neighbors in need. They all have a deep love for cycling and caring for others. Some have given up other opportunities this season so they could be part of Team NL's mission. Would you consider making a donation on their behalf and their commitment to do something bigger than just race cyclocross bikes?
2016 Cyclocross Team Members:
Joshua Johnson - Cat 1
Sam Berger-Butler - Cat 3
Steve Vorderman - Masters
Ed Messer - Cat 3
Marissa Doner - Cat 4
Emily Bradway - Cat 4
Dave Bradway - Cat 4
Andrew Hoffman - Cat 5