Posted by Editor on 03/3/03
Verizon Wireless-Cervélo Cycling Team for 2003
Courtesy Verizon Wireless-Cervelo Cycling Team
The Verizon Wireless-Cervélo Women's Cycling Team is pleased to announce its roster for the 2003 season. Entering its fourth season, the team looks forward to another rewarding year. Having competed at the national and international level in 2002, the team enters 2003 with a focused group athletes. The returning members include Julia Farell, who placed 5th at the 2002 Canadian Nationals, as well as the much-awaited return of Paula McNamara, 9th at the 2001 Liberty Classic. A new addition to the team this year is Sarah Foulkes. Sarah joined us at the end of 2002 and immediately showed her promise, riding aggressively in both the San Rafael and Miami PCT events.
The Verizon Wireless-Cervélo cycling team is a non-profit cycling team, donating all of our winnings to select charitable organizations. For 2003, the team is again committed to donating its race winnings to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, to raise awareness for domestic violence organizations. Over the past three seasons, the team has donated over $15,000 to charity.
The Verizon Wireless Women's Cycling Team has set a new standard in the sport of cycling, pledging 100% of their prize money to charitable causes. While many teams take this money home with them, the Verizon Wireless team's winnings will be donated to help victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program. With estimates ranging from 960,000 incidents of domestic violence annually to three million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year, it is time to end abuse. Imagine a place where every battered woman found the support she needed from her coworkers, friends and neighbors to leave a violent relationship. A place where no one excuses abusive behavior and everyone is committed to being part of the solution. We can make this place a reality in our communities. The goals of the team in the coming year include a continuing effort to produce a visible change in the awareness of domestic violence, as well as to encourage the people they encounter to become active participants in supporting this cause. Simply being at the races and wearing their jerseys helps to raise the number of people who see domestic violence as directly impacting their lives. When these women cross the finish line among the best in the world, they are making a bold statement of winning at a much bigger level. Throughout the season, the women visit domestic violence awareness organizations.
The 2003 team consists of ten women, all with full time jobs outside of cycling. Some professions of the women are: an engineer at a pharmaceutical firm, a secondary school science teacher, a physical therapist, a dietician, a business owner, and a former Broadway singer. All of the women are dedicated to their mission - "Women Helping Women!"
The team will focus on the NRC and PCT events, as well as select UCI events in North America. Being based in New England, the team also looks forward to providing another animated season on the local scene.
Julia Farell (CAN)
Julie Monagle (USA)
Ann Marie Miller (USA)
Yvonne Ilton (USA)
Sarah Foulkes (USA)
Paula McNamara (USA)
Kathleen Shaw (USA)
Amanda Tucker (USA)
Brenda Nevins (USA)
Pam Alessio (USA)
Rudy Project (glasses and helmets)
Kenda (tires and tubes)
CLIF (energy bars)
Connecticut Bicycle Coalition
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