UBC TSC Spin-a-thon

TSC Rides in Support of Right To Play

On March 16, the UBC Thunderbirds Sports Clubs came together to ride in support of Right To Play (RTP), raising money for the ‘BC Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program’. The first annual Spin-A-Thon was a huge success, where 9 sport clubs rode stationary bikes for 36 hours and raised $1100 for RTP.

We would like to thank Right-to-Play, Landyachtz, UBC REC and UBC Bodyworks Fitness Center for making this event possible and the new TSC Athlete Council for getting behind the idea and making the day a reality.  

John, a member of UBC’s cycling team felt right at home on the stationary bike as he alone peddled for 2 hours. “Being able to showcase TSC for a worthy cause made [the day] even better,” John said after the event. “From the outside, cycling appears to be an individual sport, [however] once you get into it you find a rich culture of support and encouragement,” and it was those characteristics that got everyone through.

“I think that there is real benefit in engaging student athletes in projects [like this one] to give back to the community and stay engaged with campus as a whole. Too often I hear from people who aren’t interested in attending or supporting university sports because they don’t feel engaged with the teams, and events like these will only help TSC’s engagement with the campus community.”

Another rider, Gordon, from the Nordic Ski Team also came out to support the cause. “I think that there is real benefit in engaging student athletes in projects [like this one] to give back to the community and stay engaged with campus as a whole. Too often I hear from people who aren’t interested in attending or supporting university sports because they don’t feel engaged with the teams, and events like these will only help TSC’s engagement with the campus community.” His comments reflected the group as a whole as many of the student athletes felt the Thunderbird spirit and for the first time the underlying connections that brought everyone together.

With the inaugural TSC Spin-A-Thon behind us, the organizers are already looking forward to the next one and we’re all excited to see what the future holds for TSC.