Leesburg (March 23, 2014) The Stone Bridge football team held their first ever Bulldog Cycle-A-Thon at CycleLuv in Leesburg. This “Mom and Son” charity event raised over $1,000 for the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to help “crack the cure” for pediatric cancer in honor of Gabriella Miller.
Bulldogs, Collin Buckley, Aaron Crawford, Tony Gallegos, Luke Wisner, Paul Ciavarro, Andrew Ciampini, Max Weis, Tanner Karafa, Aidan McFarlane, and Blake Kinkoph helped lead the effort to get the team involved in the community working together to give back and help others. Leaders from each class on the Stone Bridge Football team came up with this initiative entitled “Bulldogs in the Community” and that this is only the very first of many Bulldog community activities to come.
This initiative just started off as a team building event while at the same time the boys were trying to decide what their first community project would be. Next thing you know a plan was born. Iris at CycleLuv said yes immediately. The original date (Feb. 19th) had to be cancelled because of show, but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs! A new date was set, March 22, 2014. The Bulldogs stayed focused in their desire to make a difference and want their team to leave a mark in their community!
Everyone had a fantastic time, and the event was a “smashing” success! Special thanks to Iris Kotmel, owner of CycleLuv, who generously provided her time and free access to her cycling studio. CycleLuv is Loudoun County’s only dedicated indoor cycling studio and just turned one in December 2013. CycleLuv holds special charity rides for local nonprofits every month. So it was just a huge success benefiting a great cause, The Smashing Walnuts Foundation, in honor of Gabriella Miller. There was no one in the community that was not touched by her life.
Also, a special shout out and thank you to Steve Holland of Viva Loudoun/Holland Sports Images for his time and support in capturing moments during this special event and for posting this gallery with 45 images. All proceeds from the sale of photos will be donated to The Smashing Walnuts Foundation.