Area nonprofit could win $2,500 from CycleBar Chisholm Creek
When Pat Fitzgerald and his wife Barbara Fitzgerald were looking at franchise opportunities, they were seeking three qualities. They were looking for a company that was built up a person in a positive way. They wanted a business that built community. And third, they wanted a business that gave back.
All three were found in CycleBar, the largest indoor cycling franchise in the world. CycleBar has a network of more than 200 indoor cycling studios, with hundreds more opening this year and into the coming years.
The concept of indoor cycling has built incredible momentum in the last few years and known to be one of the best full-body cardio workouts.
The Fitzgeralds has been giving back since they opened their Norman location in August and will give another $2,500 check to a nonprofit organization this month from CycleBar Chisolm Creek.
When the Fitzgeralds opened CycleBar Norman, the prize went to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. The organization was chosen by the cyclists, who designated their ride for a nonprofit organization. A similar contest is being held now at Chisolm Creek until Saturday.
The first effort helped the Fitzgeralds learn more about the community. While Pat Fitzgerald is an Oklahoman, he hasn’t lived here in 32 years. The couple moved back when their children graduated from the University of Oklahoma.
“I’m amazed at how many nonprofit organizations we have here that are doing such great things, but are not as well known, such as the Mary Abbott Children’s House and Soonerthon,” he said. “To see that people stepped up to start these organizations to help with these causes really exemplifies the Oklahoma Standard. It’s absolutely true that Oklahomans care for other people. You really see that in the breadth of charities here.”
At Chisholm Creek, some of the leading nonprofit organizations in the contest so far are the Alzheimer’s Association, CASA, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Oklahoma Humane Society.
Riders don’t have to be a CycleBar regular to get their charity in the lead. Everyone’s first ride is free then a $25 drop-in rate after that, with other packages available. Active military ride for free and discounted rates are available for military veterans, teachers, first responders (police, firefighters, EMT) and medical professionals.
If a group doesn’t win, the CycleBar team reaches out to the top nine organizations to let them know about the charity rides held at CycleBar. The events cost $150 to cover overhead, then it’s the regular ride rate for the charity event. The money paid for the class goes straight to the nonprofit. Charity rides are held mostly on weekends with a few weeknight class options available.
Fitzgerald said he and his family have enjoyed seeing the causes important to the members.
“We didn’t know all the great things going on,” he said. “We wanted to learn what’s important to our members and not have this just be about what’s important to the Fitzgeralds.”
More information about CycleBar is available at cyclebar.com.