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2017 Dream Team Season in Full “Gear”

We’re rockin’ the 2017 season and looking forward to a strong finish! We have over 20 youth training hard three days a week toward the goal of completing the week long bike ride across Iowa. We are seeing these young men and women grow exponentially, not just in their ability and confidence on the bike, but off the bike as well. And that’s what Dream Team is all about! Many challenges present themselves during our training rides. That can include flat tires, hills, head winds, extreme temperatures, rain, you name it. These youth are learning how to face challenges head-on and come out stronger on the other side.

This season has had some unique and very cool opportunities for the youth. One of the Saturday training rides in May took the youth to the Nike Factory Store at Jordan Creek. The youth all got to pick out a pair of brand new shoes compliments of Shoes That Fit, a national non-profit organization. A big “THANK YOU” to the local Shoes That Fit members who made this special day happen. The smiles on their faces and the pride with which they’ve been wearing their new shoes has been priceless!

More recently, the Des Moines chapter of 100+ Women Who Care voted to make a very generous donation to the Dream Team. As part of this donation, each youth has received a headlight, taillight, and speedometer for their bikes. Later in the season they will also receive new duffle bags for use on RAGBRAI. How incredible!

So the Dream Team really is in full “gear” this year! We’re having a lot of fun and we hope you will continue to follow our journey on social media. Say “hello” and offer a word of encouragement when you meet us out on a training ride!

Here are some photos from throughout the season. GO DREAM TEAM!

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If you would like to help support our cause, please consider donating to the Dream Team! Thank you to everyone who has shown support throughout the year!

 

2016 a Huge Success and 2017 Planning Underway!

Wow, what a great year for the Dream Team in 2016! After over four months of training, 23 youth completed the entire 420 mile journey across Iowa from Glenwood to Muscatine. By completing this monumental adventure, each youth earned their bike to keep as their own. With a bike, helmet, clothing, and months of hands-on experience, these young men and women are equipped to continue the positive experience of cycling. But more importantly, they are equipped to set goals and work hard towards achieving them. We’re so proud of each and every one of them and the growth we saw in them throughout the year.

After completion of RAGBRAI, we all gathered together on the evening of August 5th to reminisce about the year, celebrate each others’ accomplishments, and wish the very best to those graduating.  Here is a photo from the 2016 Dream Team banquet:

And now, we look forward to the 2017 year! Here you see our leadership group already planning and preparing for another incredible season:

If you would like to help support our cause, please consider donating to the Dream Team! Thank you to everyone who has shown support throughout the year!

 

2015 a Wrap!

Wow, what a great year for the Dream Team in 2015! After over four months of training, 39 (yes 39!) youth completed the entire 462 mile journey across Iowa from Sioux City to Davenport. By completing this monumental adventure, each youth earned their bike to keep as their own. With a bike, helmet, clothing, and months of hands-on experience, these young men and women are equipped to continue the positive experience of cycling. But more importantly, they are equipped to set goals and work hard towards achieving them. We’re so proud of each and every one of them and the growth we saw in them throughout the year.

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After completion of RAGBRAI, we all gathered together on the evening of August 1st to reminisce about the year, celebrate each others’ accomplishments, and wish the very best to those graduating.  Here is a photo from the 2015 Dream Team banquet:

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And now, we look forward to the 2016 year! Our leadership group is already planning and preparing for another incredible season. If you would like to help support our cause, please consider donating to the Dream Team! Thank you to everyone who has shown support throughout the year!

Thank You Sammons Financial Group!

We would like to thank Sammons Financial Group for their support of the Dream Team.  Their $2500 donation helped the team immensely to accomplish their goal of finishing RAGBRAI.  Thank you for your belief in the youth and our program.

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Dream Team 2015 Fund Raising Campaign is on a ROLL!

Birdies for Charity! Birdies.Revised.LogoThe Principal Charity Classic

Again in 2016 the Dream Team program has partnered with The Principal Charity Classic and the Birdies for Charity program.

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual Champions Tour event at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. It is a wonderful community event in the metro area and contributes greatly to the economic vitality and quality of life in central Iowa. In the past eight years, The Principal Charity Classic has distributed $6 million to local non-profit organizations supporting children.

Community spirit is the driving force on the links at The Principal Charity Classic, and Central Iowans have a great opportunity to benefit area children’s programs by raising additional funds through Birdies for Charity. In 2015, Dream Team is a qualified participating organization and will receive 100% of EVERY DONATION collected on our behalf and have the potential of extra money through the “Bonus Bucks” program which is sponsored by Sammons Financial Group. Donate now, or learn more.

With the Bonus Bucks program, every donation made by you to Dream Team will be matched with an additional 10% by Sammons Financial. We appreciate your support!

BACoon Sizzles with a BIG Donation!

bacoonimageWhat happens when the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival collides with RAGBRAI? You get the BACooN RIDE: The RIDE for the CURED!

The event was presented by RAGBRAI, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and was held on Saturday, June 28, 2014! Mentors from the Dream Team volunteered at the event and were presented with a check for $8000!

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The Dream Team is thrilled to be a supported charity of this event and you can learn more at www.bacoonride.com.

 

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The BACooN Ride Supports Dream Team

bacoonimageWhat happens when the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival collides with RAGBRAI? You get the BACooN RIDE: The RIDE for the CURED!

The event is presented by RAGBRAI, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014!  Not only will the BACooN RIDE be great fun, but 100% of the proceeds benefits the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, RAGBRAI’s Dream Team and other great Iowa charities!

The Dream Team is thrilled to be a supported charity of this event and you can learn more and register at www.bacoonride.com.

 

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Dream Team Volunteers Reveal the RAGBRAI Route!

RAGBRAIannounceDream Team Volunteers participated in the reveal of the 2014 RAGBRAI Route at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines.

As part of the event, Dream Team volunteers also participated in the Iowa Bicycle Coalition Expo where they shared stories and information about Our Volunteers and Our Mission.1654022_649408245119306_671096475_n During the expo caring individuals and generous bike clubs donated over $1500.00 to the Dream Team.

As part of the Route Announcement Party there was a silent auction in which several items donated by volunteers and RAGBRAI were included to raise money for Dream Team. As part of the silent auction we were able to raise another $1500.00.

In total, the Bike Expo and silent auctions during the weekend raised over $3000.00! It was a great weekend and these contributions will sponsor 3 kids in the 2014 Dream Team.

On stage from left to right: John Karras, co-founder of RAGBRAI along with Dream Team Volunteers Tyler Weig, Michael Buckley, James Hart, Robyn Mulcahy, Tim Mulcahy, John Washburn, Denise Beirma and Carylann Mucha.

crowdThe Dream Team gives a BIG THANK YOU to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, RAGBRAI and all the volunteers who made the event possible!

Sponsors and donors provide 100% of the funding for these activities and without them it would not be possible. The support of the community, friends and family enable the Dream Team to empower young adults to set goals, work hard, and DREAM BIG! Your tax deductible contribution is used to support the goals of the youth and the program. Visit our Donate page for more information about supporting our organization.

 

Dream Team 2014 is Rolling Forward!

The Dream Team Leadership Committee is putting the finishing touches on our 2014 season. The 2014 Dream Team Calendar for this year has been published and we are currently recruiting new volunteers and riders.  If you would like to volunteer and have the opportunity to positively impact the life of a young person in your community, please Get Involved!

The Dream Team is a non profit program of the YMCA and our goals would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and donors. Please visit Donate to Dream Team and we hope we have your support in 2013.