Teaming up with the Sharks Foundation (again!)

SAP-Sharks Bike Build Photo

Erik Bue and Cynthia Lam assemble a new bike as Sharkie looks on following a ceremony to unveil the newly renamed SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The SAP Center name replaces HP Pavilion, home of the San Jose Sharks. The unveiling ceremony was followed by a volunteer bike-building event to benefit underprivileged families.

You probably have heard that the big arena downtown has a new name: The SAP Center. The home of the San Jose Sharks unveiled the name in a huge media event yesterday that included the VMC Foundation!

Our hugely inspiring program, Turning Wheels for Kids, was there to lead a “bike build” with a team of volunteers along with the San Jose Sharks Foundation. The Sharks Foundation has been a great partner of the VMC Foundation for years–if you missed the announcement about the Sharks Pediatric Center at VHC Tully, we have it saved for you here.

And, if you’d like to see more about yesterday’s Bike Build, which provided 150 new bikes to kids in underprivileged families, the Mercury News took some cool pictures. We even had a mention in the Wall Street Journal…not bad for a program that, just a few years ago, produced just forty bikes in a year for children (we’re giving away thousands now.)

Led by the amazing Sue Runsvold, RN, Valley Medical Center’s own, Turning Wheels rocks!