Team Focus: Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers
Padres Pedal the Cause owes much of its success to the riders, donors and volunteers that participate in the event year in and year out. Many of these people are part of company teams that band together to ride in the event, raise money and volunteer their time.
The staff at Padres Pedal invests a significant amount of time and effort in team development; helping teams to grow, train and fundraise. Much of that is accomplished by working with team captains to provide them the necessary tools to manage their teams and continue to bring on board new members.
We recently caught up with David Fatula, team captain for one of our largest and most successful teams, Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers. The Cancer Kickers have been participating in the event since 2014, and have a lifetime raise of nearly $60,000. They are proud of the fact that every one of their employees out their corporate office in Carlsbad is a participant in Padres Pedal as a rider, virtual rider, donor or volunteer.
As a way to share their success story and hopefully inspire other captains and teams, we asked David to tell us a how Cancer Kickers has managed to reach such high levels of engagement and participation.
Pedal: How have you managed to get every employee at your headquarters to be involved in Padres Pedal?
David: It’s part of the culture here at Oceanside Glasstile. It’s supported at the highest level by our executives and all the way through the organization. We have a philanthropy program that encourages employees to donate their time to charitable causes and Pedal is one of those.
Pedal: What have you done as the team captain to get so many people to participate? [At last count, Cancer Kickers has 32 riders with more on the way!]
David: As captain, I do a lot of legwork to encourage people to join. I’m always talking about Pedal and I ask everyone. Some want to ride, some want to volunteer and it’s really up to them how they want to participate.
We make it fun. It shouldn’t be a burden for our employees to participate. If someone can’t find a bike, I get him or her a bike. If someone hasn’t fundraised before, I help them fundraise. It’s about making it easy.
Pedal: You’ve done something interesting for Cancer Kickers in that you’ve gone out and secured sponsors for your team. Tell us how that works and why it’s helped your team.
David: As a business we come in contact with so many other businesses – vendors, suppliers, distributors, and retailers. Many of them are committed to charity and philanthropy, so it was natural for me to ask them if they wanted to help us with Padres Pedal. Not everyone does or can, but many have and it helps us build our team and reach our fundraising goals.
It’s important to note that one sponsor donated our team cycling kits and that all other sponsor funds go towards fundraising. It’s how we help our team members that are struggling to hit their fundraising minimums. Ultimately, those funds go towards our team total and all of our team members are successful. It’s a win-win.
Pedal: David, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your story with the Pedal community. Best of luck to Cancer Kickers this year!
David: My pleasure. Glad I can help and if other teams can benefit from what we’ve done, so much the better. See you in November!
Read more about all the teams participating in Padres Pedal 2016. 🚴