Monday, March 28, 2011

New Team Hope Video!!!


We have a new video that was posted on our website! Check it out:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Project Uganda

Team H2Ope and Blue Planet has partnered with a great water advocate, Erin Huber of Sustainable Water 2019 Erin Huber is the Chair and Program Development Manager for Sustainable Water 2019 and is Cleveland’s leading nonprofit agency that promotes safe, clean drinking water and drinking tap water instead of bottled water. Team H2Ope, Blue Planet Network and Sustainable Water 2019 have partnered together to change lives of orphaned children in Mulajje, Uganda by bringing them safe, clean drinking water.
Erin is working with an Ugandan teacher at my building with family connections to St. Charles School in the village of Mulajje. The school serves 700 orphaned students who need safe, clean drinking water. When Team H2Ope learned about this we knew we had to ride for these children. We had to bring them H2Ope.
The students of St. Charles School are in desperate need. They need our help. The young girls of this school walk 3 to 4 miles daily to get drinking water from the nearest stream. The girls are encouraged to walk in groups for their safety, but that doesn’t always matter. Many times these girls are abused and raped as they travel for water to drink, bath, to do their laundry and seek relief from the heat. No one should ever have to live through so much hardship let alone children. These children not only need safe water to drink, but need to have water they can safely get.
This is where Team H2Ope shows up, this is where you show up. We need to raise $50,000 to help bring safe, clean drinking water to our St. Charles School and the village of Mulajje. Help us help them. Donate $30.00, Donate $100.00 or Donate whatever you can sacrifice. Your sacrifice will save lives!

                    These Children Depend on People Like You!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thank You!

Thank you Absolute Chiropractic/Dr. Gerald Nanne for your generous raffle prize! Come to our fundraiser April 28th at Paninis in Twinsburg Ohio and enter a chance to win a free consultation and adjustment from Dr. Nanne!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thank You for your Generous Donations!

Thanks to Gepetto's Pizza and SUPER DONOR Esbi International Salon!

Thanks to the Strongsville Spirit Shop, Penn Station and Chipotle in Strongsville for their donations! These and other donations will be raffled off at the Twinsburg Panini's fundraiser and Strongsville Bilo's Bar fundraiser! Thank you for the continued support!

Thank you to the following businesses who have donated to the Team Hope fundraisers! Royal Park Wine, Sky Salon, Blue Canyon Restaurant, Pulp, Sheiban's Jewelers, Conrad's Tire Center, King Nails, and Hoopla!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Events and Updates

Click on the tabs above to see what our racers and crew leader are up to!

Events and Updates!
Steel City Showdown-April 17
The Steel City Showdown on April 17 is just around the corner!! The race organizers of the event had officially added Team H2Ope to the tailgate page! Visit,
We will be selling Starbucks Via 1 Cup packets, delicious hot chocolate, and yummy homemade baked goods! Come over to our booth to visit myself (Sara) and Larry, grab a bite to eat, and learn more about our cause! If you are 'on the fence' about attending, think about racing on the Pittsburgh bridges...when else would you get a chance like this?! We will be there from 7-2pm and racing!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Earth Day Festival-April 17
Andre and Trish will be presenting in Cleveland! Come stop by the Team Hope booth where we will have Blue Planet books, Blue Planet gear, and something else which I'll keep as a surprise right now...Team Hope is fortunate to be apart of Ohio's largest Earth Day Festival! For more information, check out our facebook event under Team H2Ope!

Shifting Gears - Saving Lives Fundraiser at Panini's in Twinsburg-April 28
Team H2Ope is hosting 2 bar fundraisers which will include live bands, 50/50 raffles, Chinese raffles on donated prize items, and much more!! Save the date-April 28 8-11pm. Stay as long as you want! Tickets will be on sale soon for $10 which includes entry and buffet style food. School Girl Crush will take the stage as the night goes on making it a truly great night!

Pedal for the Planet Duathlon-Mercy Hurst College in Erie, PA-May 7
Team H2Ope members have been asked to attend the Pedal for the Planet Duathlon as the guest speakers of the event following at a luncheon at Mercy Hurst College. More details to come!

Cleveland Rite-Aid Marathon Cycling Volunteers from Team H2Ope-May 15
The Cleveland Rite-Aid Marathon is bringing back the wheel chair and hand cycle divisions to the race. John Squires, who lead the charge for his right to participate was in search for cycling and walking volunteers to help make the event happen. I lended my support to reach out to Cleveland-area cyclists to fill the volunteer roster. Andre will be one of those volunteers as I run the Cleveland-half marathon.

Start of an Epic Adventure Race Across America-Fundraiser at Bilo's Bar in Strongsville-May 21

Come out and support Team Hope as we prepare for Race Across America (RAAM) on behalf on Blue Planet Network. Tickets will be $20 which includes all-you-can-eat wings, rigatoni, salad, pop/coffee/draft beer. We will also have a 50/50 raffle, Chinese raffle, and gift baskets in an auction throughout the night! Around 8:30-9 pm the band Stiletto Overdrive will take the stage performing the greatest top 40 hits! Don't miss this great night for a great cause! This is our final send off before we travel to Oceanside, California to begin our cross-country bike race to Annapolis, Maryland!

Start of RAAM-Race Across America-JUNE 18
Team H2Ope will start rolling out of Oceanside, California on June 18 hoping to accomplish our goal of finishing in 7 days! We are looking forward to arriving in Annapolis, Maryland! I know I will be jumping in the Atlantic Ocean and going for a swim!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Conference Call Meeting Tonight

Team call tonight with all involved with Team H2Ope!
Details/updates to be posted soon :)


Saturday, March 5, 2011


2 hours on the trainer and a run. Now I'm heading to an event for RGF Solutions Cycling Team.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Steel City Showdown

Team Hope will be participating at the Steel City Showdown in Pittsburgh on April 17! This race is one of the most unique criterium (circuit races) offered in the country. Racers will learn why Pittsburgh is called "The City of Bridges," as they race a closed 0.8-mile loop over the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol Bridges. The start/finish is located across the Allegheny River from downtown, next to PNC Ballpark. As racers sprint for the finish line, behind them spectators will have a majestic view of the golden Roberto Clemente Bridge and beautiful downtown skyline..

When you are done racing, come take part in the Steel City Showdown Tailgate! Whether you are from Cleveland or Pittsburgh-tailgating is in our blood and the weather cannot stop us! Larry and Sara will be represtin' CLE in steeler country :)

Come out and say hi to the Team Hope booth where we will be serving up some delicious Starbucks coffee, and baked goods where all the proceeds of food go towards Blue Planet Network! More details will be announced in the next upcoming weeks towards the event.

For more information about the event visit,
Steel City Showdown also has the event on facebook. Visit,!/event.php?eid=186525064710473.
Everyday I continue to be amazed by the people that are joining us, and the dedication of those that have been here. Thank you all!
Great run this it's cold outside!