Sacramento Central YMCA 12-HOUR Pedal For The Y
When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Where: Sacramento Central YMCA - 2021 W Street, Sacramento 95818
Time: 6:00am – 6:00pm
What: 12 hour Bike-A-Thon with photo opportunities, interview opportunities with Y-Assist recipients, live streaming of footage and real time tracking of funds raised.
Sacramento, CA – Isaac Gonzalez, a Sacramento Central YMCA Advisory Board Member, has challenged himself to raise $10,000 on his 37th birthday by riding a stationary bicycle for 12-straight hours in the lobby of the Sacramento YMCA. Gonzalez raised more than $9,000 during his birthday bike-a-thon at the Y in 2017 and is determined to inspire others to participate while also honoring his late father, who passed away just hours after Pedal for the Y.
Pedal for the Y is part of a larger community-wide effort to raise funds for the YMCA’s Y-Assist Program. Y-Assist provides critical funds to children, adults and seniors in the community who would not otherwise be able to participate in the YMCA's many beneficial programs such as camp, childcare, membership, swim lessons, and youth sports.
“Making sure that all Sacramento residents have the opportunity to live their healthiest life is very important to me, personally,” says Gonzalez. “Sadly, my father died only hours after I completed my birthday bike ride challenge in 2017. He was only 63-years-old and suffered a fatal heart attack. I’m absolutely sure that if he grew up in a community with a strong Y presence, like we have here in Sacramento, that he would still be with us today. I want to make sure that seniors, children, and everyone in between has access to our vital collection of programs so that they can be happy and healthy.”
Additionally, various Sacramento Central YMCA community members will bike alongside Gonzalez in support and to raise additional funds for Y-Assist. There is still time for interested members in the community to register for those who wish to ride with Isaac. Before February 16th, riders can register as an individual, or as a relay team, at https://www.ymcasuperiorcal.org/forms/pedal-for-the-y-registration/
Footage will live stream from the YMCA of Superior California's Facebook and Twitter accounts (@YMCASuperiorCal) throughout the day while donations will be tracked in real-time on a thermometer in the lobby, and on Isaac’s donation page.
YMCA members, staff, volunteers and Y-Assist recipients will cheer all of the participants on. Donations in support of Gonzalez and his goal can be made online at http://www.ymcasuperiorcal.org/donations/Isaac-Gonzalez-2018