During the evening of November 10 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 200 members of the Colorado Rockies baseball organization came together as a team to build 40 youth-sized bicycles. They came from Colorado, and some even came from around the world. Working in groups of four or five, they took parts out of boxes and started assembling them. The bicycles will go to the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation, which will distribute them to families in need during the Christmas holiday.
Stacey Gubser, who sits on the Children’s Foundation board of trustees, attended the event. She said to everyone from the Rockies organization, “Thank you for having a partnership with the Community, and I know the children will really enjoy them.” Also present were board members Toni Harvier and Bob Scabby.
“We chose Salt River because we really want to embrace this community and help the children,” said Jim Kellogg, vice-president of community and retail operations for the Colorado Rockies. “We thought this was a great opportunity to come together with our organization and build 40 bikes.” Twenty boys bicycles and 20 girls bikes were assembled during the evening.
“We want to try to make a difference. As little as it may be, we want to help. The Community has done so much for us, and we just want to give back,” said Kellogg. “It was an awesome experience and a great team-building exercise for our organization. And to know where these bikes will be going, which is staying right here in the Community, means so much for us.”
“The kids are going to love this—who wouldn’t?” said participant Beverly Coleman, who was in one of the first groups to finish building a bike. “It feels good to give back to the Community in this way.”