Mongoose recently attended the 2nd Annual USA BMX Foundation Rad Gala at the Hardesty National BMX Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the event was a huge success! The gala benefits the USA BMX Foundation by raising funds to provide scholarships and educational resources for young students and education professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
The morning of the Gala, the Foundation held a press conference announcing its new partnership with Oklahoma State University! Mongoose had our co-sponsored race pros, Payton Ridenour and Cam Wood, in attendance to speak to the media. The partnership with OSU will bring medical services to the USA BMX National Headquarters and the USA Cycling BMX National Team. While OSU will support elite-level athletes, the university will also be involved with local racers at Hardesty National, spring and summer camp students of the USA BMX Foundation, and RISE Program participants. It’s great news to have a major university like OSU is investing medical resources in BMX to learn about strengthening the bond between bike and body.
Once the sun started going down the Gala started up, and attendees busted out their favorite 80’s-themed clothes for the party for a great cause! Athletes, cycling industry professionals, and local Tulsa businesses and community members all gathered to support the Foundation in their 80's gear, whether it was fluorescent colors, long-haired rocker wigs, or rad denim jackets with patches from their favorite bands of that era. It was definitely a site to see. In addition to the Foundation auction to raise money for STEM programming, the night was filled with entertainment from a BMX Flatland show, break dancing, and live music.
As the evening wound down, the spirits were high with the Mongoose team as everyone left with a smile on their face and a sense of pride from our partnership. We can’t wait for next year!