Apr. 20, 2016
The Thursday preceding Little 500 weekend, IU student volunteers teamed up with employees from IU Student Foundation partner Delta Air Lines to build about 50 new bikes in a range of sizes and colors at Alumni Hall in the IMU.
Philanthropy always has been at the heart of Little 500, which supports scholarships for working IU students. Expanding on the races' philanthropic tradition, local nonprofit Girls Inc. received the bicycles in a surprise reveal before the women’s Little 500 race.
“This is a great partnership between the IU Student Foundation and Delta, benefitting young people in our community,” said IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, who founded Women’s Philanthropy at IU. “I’m honored to be a part of it.”
McRobbie kicked off the women’s race on April 15 by completing a pre-ceremony lap on a bicycle.
“Delta is proud to partner with IU and thrilled to participate in the excitement of Little 500 through this first-ever ‘Build-a-Bike’ event during race weekend,” said Jake Abel, general manager of university marketing for Delta. “It’s a fun way for IU students to give back and to promote health and wellness to additional members of this great community.”