Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Milwaukee Brewers fans, players, and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
To that end they’re proud to host their 5th annual Hitting 4 the Cycle benefit ride on August 24th. Beginning at Miller Park, this leisurely-paced ride winds through Milwaukee’s Third Ward and South Shore before looping back to the stadium for a tailgate celebration and an evening ballgame.
Proceeds from this year’s Hitting 4 the Cycle support three Milwaukee organizations that align with the Foundation’s focus on health, education, recreation, and basic needs, with a particular focus on low-income families and children:
The Urban Ecology Center has a mission of connecting people in cities to nature and each other. UEC’s vision is to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding, and respect and to restore home and heal our urban natural world, neighborhood by neighborhood. Programming includes field trips for local schools to allow for hands-on science learning, opportunities for community members to take classes and seek urban adventure, and more.
UW-Milwaukee’s Life Impact Program assists disadvantaged parents in their efforts to attain a higher education. The program provides participants with a $5,000 renewable scholarship as well as academic, professional and personal support. Program scholars have access to a Life Coach team who serves as a first point of contact for all concerns. To date, program efforts have resulted in 84.2% graduation and retention rate for the 133 UWM student parents that have been served. Of the program graduates, 100% have reported employment and/or are seeking advanced degrees within 6-9 months of graduation. The Life Impact Program was established in 2005 through a generous donation from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation.
No stranger to Wisconsin Bike Fed, DreamBikes is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that strategically places used bicycle stores in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to provide hands-on, paid job training to teens. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens from the area to work in the store; teaching them how to refurbish bicycles, use the POS software, and to deliver great customer service. DreamBikes provides lifelong skills to our teen employees, helping them to shift gears and find a bright future DreamBikes provides provide young people work experience, open up future job opportunities and to make a difference in their lives, we refurbish used bicycles and return them to the community. We believe these things make our community stronger.
Riders can choose between the full 25-mile route or an abbreviated 12-mile route. The cost to register is $50, with an additional $50 fundraising requirement for all adults. Children 13 and under as of the day of the ride are free, with no fundraising requirement. Following the ride, all participants will attend a tailgate party catered by Smoke Shack in the Miller Park parking lots. Riders will conclude the festivities by attending that evening’s 6:10pm game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Each Hitting 4 the Cycle rider will receive the following:
- A commemorative tech shirt
- A Loge Level ticket ($41 value) to Brewers vs. Diamondbacks after the ride (exchangeable for a ticket to a select future game, alternatively)
- An invitation to the tailgate party catered by Smoke Shack
- Refreshments at rest stops along the course
- Entry into raffles to win Brewers autographed memorabilia
- A parking pass for the evening’s game ($20 value)
- Registrants who sign up as part of a team are eligible to receive additional benefits
Sponsors of “Hitting 4 the Cycle” include Prairie Springs- The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, Trek Bicycle Corporation, iHeart Radio, and Smoke Shack.