Are you ready for Bike to Work Day?

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Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 14, but we have to admit, we kinda have an issue with the name. It shouldn’t be called Bike to Work Day. It should be called Start Biking to Work Day, because a single day of biking to work is never enough!

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Get out and help!

buzz_articlegoahSports Basement is so much more than a retail store.  In fact, our retail stores are simply what enables us to do what we care about most: give back to the communities we’re part of.

That’s why we want you to get out of our stores. Seriously! This is your chance to get out and join us while we clean up beaches, give back to charities, and teach each other how to help friends in need on the road to LA for ALC (well, that last one actually takes place in our stores, but you know what we’re getting at).

Here are a few upcoming ways we’re helping you get out and help (say that ten times fast):

Charity Madness, our annual fundraising event where 30 charities compete and everyone wins. The madness starts March 21.

AIDS/LifeCycle Basement Angels, a training program for ALC riders who want to be able to fix flats and perform basic maintenance for other riders. Classes run now through May 23 at all stores.

Surfrider Beach Cleanup and BBQ, Sunday, April 19. Spend Earth Day helping keep Ocean Beach beautiful with us. The first 100 people to RSVP get a free T-shirt. RSVP here.


Charity Madness 2015 begins March 21!

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That’s right, it’s finally here! March Madness tips off March 17, which means Charity Madness – our annual charity event where everybody wins – has begun!

Here’s the rundown: every year we put together a bracket of awesome charities and corporate sponsors of charities that compete with each other to raise funds through our revenue sharing program.

Whoever raises the most money each week moves on to the next round, and whoever doesn’t gets a check cut just for their charity. So really, everyone wins!

And here’s the bracket! We’ve got 20 charities competing this year, and they’re all winners. Get involved by mentioning your charity of choice at the registers. You’ll get 10% off, and 10% of your purchase will go back to that charity, helping move them on to the next round of competition. Click the image below for a larger version and choose your charity!

UPDATE: We’ve altered the start and end dates for each round (including round 1) to give charities a weekend to rack up more fundraising dollars. Please note those changes in the bracket below.

 

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Week 3 (the Final Four!)

What an incredible final round! Let’s cut right the chase, because it’s so crazy exciting: AIDS/LifeCycle won! In what was shaping up to be a close round, ALC suddenly screamed into the lead, beating out reigning champ west SF schools as well as former champ SF YMCA. We’re so thrilled to see so much commitment to such excellent causes.

Congratulations to all our participants. We’ve raised a grand total of nearly $30,000, so we think it’s fair to say that everyone really did win!

Week 2

The tables have turned in round 2, and the power players have let themselves be known. West SF schools, AIDS/LifeCycle and the SF YMCA each raised over one thousand dollars, with ALC leading the pack at $1701. That’s right, east SF schools (the Kentucky to west SF school’s Duke) has not moved on to the Final Four this year! This is quite an upset, but we’re excited to see what our last four contenders can accomplish. Congratulations to the west SF schools, the SF YMCA, AIDS/LifeCycle and the Walnut Creek Education Foundation!

That’s not to say we didn’t have some serious contenders for those desirable Final Four spots: the east SF schools were unsurprisingly close on the heels of the SF YMCA. P.E.A.K. and the SF Bike Coalition were likewise magnificent to behold; if these were actual NCAA games there would have certainly been some last-second-of-overtime 3 pointers involved.

Thanks to all our charities that won’t be moving on to the Final Four. You will all be receiving a check for the funds you’ve raised, which means you’re all winners, too.

Week 1

Our first week of competition has ended with some clear winners and some equally clear also-technically-winners. Unsurprisingly, the west SF schools (the Kentucky of Charity Madness) are coming out on top, followed fairly closely by SF YMCAs and AIDS/LifeCycle. These top contenders are all in different brackets, so only time will tell who comes out on top! East SF schools have certainly started out strong: this next week will determine if they’ve got what it takes to beat out the SF YMCAs for round 2. South Bay schools did nine times better than last year – we may have a Gonzaga situation on our hands. And P.E.A.K. performed four times better than they did in 2014 as well. That entire bracket will be one to watch this week. Clearly all these charities have done a marvelous job of marshaling support this year. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

Goodbye and congrats to the charities that will not be moving on to round 2. You guys will be receiving a check for all the funds you raised this week, so really, you’re all winners too.

Competing Charities

 

  • West SF Schools: The SF School juggernaut had to be broken up this year to keep things competitive. Supporters of West SF Schools are looking to repeat last year’s victory.
  • Team Challenge: the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program, dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: Creates safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans through our day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with City and community agencies.
  • American Lung Association: Is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.
  • Cal Alumni Association: Provides almost half a million Cal graduates with rewarding connections to the University, to fellow alumni, and to current students.
  • East SF Schools: The schools in East SF looks to see if they can rally more supporters than their West SF brethren.
  • MS Society: The MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
  • SF YMCAs: Won our first Charity Madness tournament and are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
  • Relay for Life: At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.
  • Diablo Multisport Connection: Is comprised of strong athletic women who seek to create a legacy of giving back to the community and sponsors.
  • Girls on the Run: Provides an innovative running program for girls ages 8 to 13 that uses experiential learning to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal skills.
  • South Bay Schools: The SunnyvaleSanta Clara and Campbell school districts are teaming up to get their followers shopping in the name of schools.
  • AIDS/LifeCyle: Is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center: Two South Bay JCCs that provide social, cultural, educational and recreational services for the entire community.
  • PEAK: Is dedicated to preserving and enriching students’ learning experiences in northeastern Walnut Creek schools.
  • Breakthrough Silicon Valley: Prepares academically motivated middle school students with limited educational opportunities for success in rigorous college-preparatory high school programs and four-year colleges, and prepares outstanding high school and college students to enter careers in education.
  • Walnut Creek Education Foundation (WCEF): Raises funds to preserve and enhance the education of each student in the Walnut Creek School District and Las Lomas High School in the Acalanes Union High School District through a broad-based community effort.
  • Berkeley Public Schools Fund: The Berkeley Public Schools Fund invests directly in teachers’ ideas and creativity with classroom and districtwide program grants and volunteer support in the classroom.
  • Oakland Children’s Hospital: The Oakland Children’s Hospital’s mission is to protect and advance the health and well-being of children through clinical care, teaching and research.
  • Walnut Creek Aquatic Fund: Is committed to aquatics in the City of Walnut Creek. Their goal is to help conceive, fund, and build sustainable facilities and programming in Walnut Creek.
  • Walnut Creek Soccer Club: The Walnut Creek Soccer Club has both house/recreational and competitive soccer programs to offer its 2,900 players and is the largest youth sports organization in Walnut Creek.


Be a Basement Angel

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Are you riding AIDS/LifeCycle this year? Thank you! You’re already amazing. But maybe you want to take your amazingness a step further?

Become a Basement Angel and we’ll teach you how to fix flats and perform basic bike maintenance on the ride, so you can be be a fellow rider’s angel when they run into trouble.

In return for your extraordinarily good heart, we’ll give you Basement Angel gear to identify you on the road, as well as a 20% discount when you complete your training.

Complete one Basic Bike Maintenance class and one Intermediate Bike Maintenance class at any of the Sports Basement locations to become a Basement Angel (or two of any three bike maintenance classes at our South Bay stores). It’s really that easy. Classes are happening all the time at Sports Basement locations all over the Bay Area: below are some upcoming classes, but you can find the whole schedule here.

Berkeley Store

Basic Bike Maintenance: Tuesday, April 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Intermediate Bike Maintenance: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Campbell Store

Hands-on Flat Repair: Tuesday, April 7, 7pm-8pm
Basic Brakes & Shifting: Tuesday, April 21, 7pm-8pm

SF-Bryant Street Store

Basic Bike Maintenance: Tuesday, April 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm. RSVP here.
Intermediate Bike Maintenance: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm. RSVP here.

SF-Presidio Store

Basic Bike Maintenance: Tuesday, April 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm. RSVP here.
Intermediate Bike Maintenance: Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm. RSVP here.

Sunnyvale Store

Hands-on Flat Repair: Tuesday, April 7, 7pm-8pm
Basic Brakes & Shifting: Tuesday, April 21, 7pm-8pm

Walnut Creek Store

Basic Bike Maintenance: Saturday, April 11, 11:30am-12:30pm. RSVP here.
Intermediate Bike Maintenance: Saturday, March 28, 11:30am-12:30pm. RSVP here.

 


We heart hearts (especially yours)!

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In honor of the month of love, we’re professing our love for the most important thing in the world: you! Or, more specifically, your heart. The one that’s beating in your chest, keeping you moving and smiling and existing. We really like helping you get moving, start smiling, and stay existing, so we’re doing a little extra to make that happen.

At all our stores you’ll find awesome run and yoga groups dedicated to getting your heart pumping, CPR classes to help you keep other people’s hearts pumping, and a raffle where you can win heart rate monitors from Polar (to let you see exactly how fast your heart is pumping) or a 1-month gym membership (again, for the pumping of hearts). On top of that we have two Red Cross blood drives scheduled, so you can have yet another way to keep hearts pumping.

Here’s the details:

Win something good for your heart! We’re raffling off one Polar FT4 heart rate monitor and one Polar Loop fitness monitor per store (that’s a total of 12 being raffled off!), as well as a 1-month membership at an awesome local gym per store. No purchase is required to enter: simply visit your local store and enter at the front register. There will be one winner per item per store. Winners will be notified via email on March 1.

Donate blood! We have two blood drives scheduled. The first is on Valentine’s Day (that’s Saturday, Feb. 14) at our Berkeley store, from 10am-4pm. RSVP here. The second drive is on March 2 at our Presidio store, from 11:30am-4:30pm. RSVP here. After you donate, show us your “I donated blood” sticker for 20% off!

Save lives! We’ve hosted nearly 1,400 CPR classes since we started offering them in 2009. Sign up for one here! A $15 donation to Racing Hearts is required.

Get moving! As always, our stores have lots of options to help get your heart pumping. Join your local store’s fun run, or come by for free yoga classes.

 


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