FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine, a native of Stamford, has been named the honorary chairman of the 10th Annual CT Challenge Bike Ride on July 25 and July 26.
The ride starts in Westport. Valentine, who also appears in 30-second media spots for the ride that will appear throughout June and into July, will be riding in the event for the second time.
“What the CT Challenge is doing for cancer survivors is very cutting edge,” Valentine said. “The CT Challenge is about hope. It’s about putting all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to work to help survivors win back their lives from cancer and it’s about providing the effective tools needed to do it. Plus, it’s right in our backyard, a Connecticut innovation our community is proud to support.”
Valentine will be spearheading a SHU team for the bike ride that will encompass many parts of the university's community.
Financed in large part by the annual CT Challenge Bike Ride, the CT Challenge (CTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the 14 million cancer survivors in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. rebuild, improve and prolong their lives through mind-body health, exercise, nutrition and community-building support programs.
The CTC opened the Center for Survivorship in Southport in 2012 as an incubator for cancer survivor programs that aim to set the model nationwide. It is the only standalone center for survivorship in the country.
Cyclists can register for the Challenge at www.ctchallenge.org/