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UD Business Flyers cycling team rides in the Tour de Gem fundraiser

Gerry Chadwick left the University of Dayton in 1977 with a BS degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and a heart shaped by the University motto Learn, Lead, Serve. Fast-forward to 2016, when he and friend Scott Backer rode in the El Tour de Tucson, a fundraising cycling event. They rode 100 miles together and felt the energy of 9,000 riders raising money for causes they believe in.

Gerry and Scott knew Dayton was the perfect place to make an event like this happen, so they got to work. He and Scott invited Steve Naas to join their team and started planning the 2018 Tour de Gem Dayton Cycling Classic. “Our goal with the Tour,” Gerry explains, “is to help those who help others, namely, area nonprofits.” Scott, Gerry, and Steve are still active in the planning and execution of Tour de Gem, but they have grown the planning team to over 40 members.

After meeting with Gerry, SBA Interim Dean Trevor Collier decided to participate in Tour de Gem and started the UD Business Flyers cycling team for the event. The team includes Collier’s wife and 3 children (ages 5-8). All funds raised by the UD Business Flyers team will support a new UD School of Business Administration program for Dayton high school students who are economically disadvantaged. "This program will allow students to earn college credit for taking a summer class in the SBA," says Collier, "with the goal of leaving them better equipped with entrepreneurial thinking and skills to improve their ability to succeed and make a positive impact in our community. 

Gerry points to the SBA team as a great fit for the Tour. “The goal for the UD Business Flyers team aligns perfectly,” he says. “By helping economically challenged students get to another rung on the ladder, individuals and our community as a whole will benefit. This sums up the Tour de Gem mission in a nutshell."

The Tour de Gem is a fun, family-friendly event that welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. Join the UD Business Flyers team and help raise money on Sunday, October 10 or make your tax-deductible donation today and take the first step toward helping the School of Business Administration achieve this new program. Learn more and get involved here.

(Photo provided by Gerry Chadwick)


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