On February 24th members of Optum’s Marketing Services Organization teamed up with Optum Pro Cycling rider Janel Holcomb, the Sanneh Foundation, and volunteers from Bikes4Kids and Trailhead Cycling for a bike build at Optum’s headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. The Sanneh Foundation which is headquartered in St. Paul, MN unites youth and provides life skills to inner city and at-risk children through the appeal of sports. The Bikes4Kids foundation collects and refurbishes used bicycles to giveaway to youth and others in need. Volunteers also helped create cards for Project Sunshine during the event, a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and their families living with medical challenges. Prior to the event Janel spoke with members of the MSO team about health and wellness and gave tips about riding in the pro peloton.
Janel Holcomb talks to the Optum group about health and wellness and the path she took to becoming a professional cyclist.
A fantastic group of volunteers from the Bikes4Kids organization assisted by Master Mechanic Larry Sayler (left) from Trailhead Cycling were on hand to help with the bike build. Bikes4Kids has given away over 1,000 refurbished bicycles in the last four years.
A Bikes4Kids volunteer get one of the Optum bike build groups started with their bicycle.
While some were helping build bikes other Optum volunteers took part in making cards for Project Sunshine which provides free educational and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.
Team mechanic Andrew Neuser provides a little elbow grease.
Team sponsor Park Tool graciously provided all of the bike tools and stands for the event which definitely came in handy.
A total of seven Diamondback bicycles were built in just one hour. Needless to say there was a lot of bustling around by everyone involved.
A final check prior to the childrens arrival.
A Diamondback Octane 24 lays in wait for its new owner to arrive.
Dave Golan from the Sanneh Foundation talked briefly to the children and volunteers. The Sanneh Foundation provided all of the new backpacks that the children received.
Two time superbowl champion and University of Minnesota Alumni Tyrone Carter gave some inspirational words to the kids prior to helping give away the bicycles.
A young rider takes her first spin on her new Diamondback.
Sargent Mike McGinn of the St. Paul Police Department helped with the day’s activities. McGinn lent his time transporting the children to the event and home with new bikes in tow.
A new helmet gets a final fit before a new rider hits the pedals.