National Grid Cycling Club Rides Again
The National Grid Cycling Club has done it again. What began three years ago as a couple of Syracuse employees chatting over a bike rack has grown to become a fundraising leader and valued partner for area charities. On Oct. 1, the cycling club participated in a ride to support the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, finishing as the top overall fundraising team for the third consecutive year. In June, the team rode off with the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure trophy, moving up from second place in 2015 and raising more than $22,000 for diabetes research. In all, the National Grid Cycling Club – with 106 members across the company’s US footprint and still growing – raised $70,000 in donations and matching gifts at 12 charity events over the three years of the club’s existence. The club’s achievements also earned a visit from NY President Ken Daly, who shared with team members how much their support means to him personally, to the community, and to National Grid.
Commending the more than 15 non-riding employee volunteers who give some of their weekend time to supporting events, ride captain Joe Howard, IS & Shared Services, also cited the outstanding company leadership and support that make the club’s community giving efforts such a success. Among those he thanked were Doneen Hobbs , whose Shared Services employees make up 90 percent of the event volunteers; Jody Allison; Melanie Littlejohn , early supporter and sponsor of the popular tour tent; team co-captain Michelle Cupoli; Art Hamlin; Linda Clark and the Power to Serve program; Emily Smaldino; and Laura Baez.
Between charity rides of 10 to 100 miles, the team organizes off-hours group training, encouraging members to keep riding and improve their overall health and fitness levels. Members pay their own out-of-pocket registration fees – typically 30 to 50 dollars – for each event entered.