Our Giving Back Philosophy
At Sundance Mountain Bike Skills Clinic, we believe in a philosophy not only exceeding customer expectation but also giving back to the communities and families that are a part of our everyday lives. We believe in being leaders in the community and that our continued success is based upon being good, corporate citizens through giving back.
Team in Training | Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Team in Training
Team in Training (TNT) is the flagship fundraising program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the only endurance sports training program for charity that raises money for blood cancer research. TNT and LLS are changing the landscape of blood cancer, not someday but today, making TNT the perfect way to fundraise. Sally has been involved with Team in Training since 2001 –Read More about Sally’s Story.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Since 1949 LLS has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today.
LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.
Whenever we talk about cancer, we always use the same word. Someday. Someday there will be a cure. Someday we won’t lose the people we love. But when is someday? With LLS’s research partnerships and collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patients support services and advocates working for blood cancer patients everywhere, someday is today.
Indy PAL Club | Indianapolis Police Athletic League
The mission of the Metropolitan Police Athletic League is to involve the at risk youth of Marion County in educational, cultural, and fitness activities that will deter crime, increase self-esteem, and promote a positive relationship with police.
Sundance MTB Skills Clinic has donated several mountain bike skills clinics to Indy PAL Club, including the ones listed below:
The IMPD Bike Skills Clinic by Sundance MTB Skills Clinic
IMPD Headquarters: Bike Skills Park
Sept. 10, 2016
- This clinic provided the league the opportunity to learn fundamental mountain bike skills allowing them to better assist the Indy PAL Club youth in the community.
IMPD Bike Skills Clinic with Indy PAL Club
IMPD Headquarters: Bike Skills Park
October 3, 2016
- Sundance MTB Skills Clinic and IMPD, along with certified mountain bike instructors and Team in Training Friends conducted an amazing clinic for the Indy PAL Club. It was a high-energy day filled with lots of laughter and smiles!
- Some children even learned how to ride a bike for the first time! It was a very rewarding experience for all of us involved
Hoosier Mountain Biking Association
When Sally started mountain biking in 1993, there was only one trail to ride in Indiana. Since HMBA has taken over, the State of Indiana has 15+ trail systems and growing every year. The HMBA trails are nationally recognized.
The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Inc. (HMBA) is a statewide organization with the mission to promote responsible mountain biking and work towards the goals of common land access and natural resource protection in Indiana through interaction with policy makers, the cycling industry, race promoters, mountain bikers and other trail users.
Founded in 2000, the HMBA is classified as a public charitable organization to foster national or international amateur sports competition under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This status affords donors maximum tax deductions for income and estate tax purposes. Currently, the HMBA is the only state-wide mountain bike advocacy group in the state of Indiana and has experienced significant growth in both public awareness and membership roles over the past 13 years.
Brown County Epic
October 8, 2016
100% HMBA trail fundraiser!
Sundance MTB Skills Clinic, along with IMBA-ICP and PMBIA Certified Level 1 & 2 coaches throughout the Midwest hosted THE Brown County EPIC’s first mountain bike skills clinic on October 8, 2016. Sally’s vision was to conduct a clinic as a trail fundraiser. This clinic was designed for the beginner to the advanced mountain biker. Participants learned the fundamental skills takes to take mountain bikers to a more advanced level.
Griffin Bike Park
Sally was invited by park manager of Griffin Bike Park, Rich Moore, to conduct a mountain bike skills clinic for the Griffin Bike Park friends. This was a sold out clinic which took place on a cold rainy day! Gene Griffin, founder of Griffin Bike Park was one of the participants in the class. Sundance MTB Skills Clinic was asked to come back to conduct another clinic during the Grand Opening of Griffin Bike Park on October 15, 2016!
The Griffin Bike Park is a project of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. The design and development of the Griffin Bike Park is guided by these core values:
Celebrate the freedoms that our Fallen Soldiers have given their lives to protect.
Inspire our families to explore the outdoors and engage in positive, healthy activities.
Create experiences and opportunities to establish and strengthen friendships.
Promote healthy active recreational lifestyles that can benefit all members of the community.
Freeewheelin’ Community Bikes
Sally met Nancy Stimson, the founder of Freewheelin’ Community Bikes when she became a participant on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. They instantly became friends, and Sally became her hairdresser. Sally was so moved by her passion for enhancing the lives of others. Sadly, Nancy passed away, but her legacy lives on.
Changing Tires, Changing Lives
Freewheelin’ is a 501(c)3 youth development organization that uses bicycles in many ways to capture kids’ interest, engage them in activities that teach them life skills, good health habits and leadership. The heart of the program and most often the entry point is our Earn-a-Bike program in which youth who are between the ages of 10 and 18 come in and work with a teaching mentor to learn basic bike mechanic skills, along with life skills such as delayed gratification, perseverance, problem-solving, focus and accountability. When they finish the program, they have earned their own bike (which they have chosen from our collection of donated bikes and fixed up), a lock, a helmet and the right to progress into a leadership role.
Freewheelin’ has a great staff of volunteers who are dedicated to our kids, our customers and our community. They have in common a love of bikes and cycling, and a love for people.
Their beloved founder, Nancy Stimson, believed deeply in the worth and the gifts of each person to enrich the world, and using bicycles to bring out the best in people and our community.
She believed “the secret to living a meaningful life is to live life full-out for something greater than yourself. It is to apply your gifts, your talents, your passions, your time and your treasure to making this world a better place.”
Anyone who has had the honor of knowing Nancy surely knows the life-changing effect she has had on everyone met. Nancy is the genius of Freewheelin’ from the root of the world: her legacy is the core truth and action that runs through each youth, staff, volunteer and champion of a place that transforms lives through giving and joy.