GCDS Wheel-A-Thon Raises Funds to Support Youth Athletics in High-Need Areas

By Claire Weindling, GCDS class of 2025

Last Saturday,Greenwich Country Day School hosted a student-run fundraising event, “The Wheel-a-Thon.”

The inaugural Wheel-a-Thon was not merely a fun event, but a significant step towards supporting Good Sports, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and financial support for youth athletic programs in high-need areas.

Wheel-A-Thon Fundraiser, Greenwich Country Day School. April 27, 2024 Photo: Claire Weindling

The funds raised will directly contribute to providing sports gear for children ages three to 18 who are passionate about sports but cannot afford them. This allows children to become involved in their local athletic teams with access to resources to participate in sports as other children in the community do.

The Wheel-a-Thon encouraged students, parents, and faculty to bring any form of non-carbon dioxide admitting transport, such as a bike, scooter, wheelchair, or skateboard.

Participants then took laps around Greenwich Country Day’s lower school campus, raising money with each lap. Students from all grades (K-12) were invited to participate in this event, cycling for a worthy cause.

Wheel-A-Thon Fundraiser, Greenwich Country Day School April 27, 2024 Photo: Claire Weindling

Wheel-A-Thon Fundraiser, Greenwich Country Day School. April 27, 2024 Photo: Claire Weindling

The event also included a bike safety station as well as a repair station for public use. The safety station was included through Pedal Greenwich, led by Bob DeAngelo in hopes of educating younger children on the importance of practicing bike safety and how to use resources on their bikes properly.

Additionally, Todd Portier, who is in charge of the GCDS on campus hydro-farm, led a stand at the Wheel-A-Thon to educate the community and younger students about the farm. The hydro farm allows plant species to be grown in a confined trailer without using soil.

This event was organized and executed by The Earth Rise Club led by Dr. Nikki Barratt in addition to junior Ben Shefter, a Greenwich Country Day School sustainability diploma candidate. Ben is a varsity ice hockey player at GCDS whose love for sports led him to greater fundraising efforts for Good Sports.

Ben was very pleased with the turnout at the event.

“I was happy there was a lot of excitement around the event,” he said. “Despite the busy schedule Saturday mornings hold for many families, they still showed up and wanted to be a part of the Wheel-A-Thon to give back to the community. I hope the Wheel-A-Thon continues to grow each year. This is just the beginning.”

The Greenwich Country Day community hopes to continue hosting this event and raising money for underserved athletes.