The Velodrome Development Foundation is undertaking an ambitious capital campaign to raise $5M+ for the National Sports and Events Center. The Campaign will address early development needs, set in motion the construction of the new Center and will serve as the primary philanthropic investor in putting the programs and the community outreach in place. There are a number of ways that individuals, foundations and corporate donors can support the Foundation. Click here to learn about the Founders Circle.
The main arena on the left will house the National Velodrome with adaptable infield space for staging a variety of cycling events, non-cycling sports programs and spectator events. The field house on the right and additional space within the Center will be developed for a variety of uses that support community programs and organizations with a focus on youth, health, fitness and family recreation.
VDF will develop the plans and materials for introductory track cycling programs that will teach cycling fundamentals, identify ability and provide a path for participants to pursue cycling as a lifetime sport for health, fitness, recreation and competition. VDF’s OnTrak programs will collaborate with and support other organizations that encourage cycling such as the United States Olympic and Paralymic Committee, USA Cycling, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, People for Bikes, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the network of regional bicycle advocacy associations and fitness clubs.
Cycling will be at the core of activities and outreach to young people, but the Center will be a facility with a group of seasoned professionals to meet the growing needs of young people in the region. The global pandemic has brought an array of challenges and the Center, over time, hopes to be a gathering place for other sports activities and development programs. All our programs will stress the importance of integrating physical well-being with mental health and socialization of young people as they grow and mature. The Center, too, will serve as a nexus for non-profit youth groups in the region whereby there will be an array of collaborative and creative events and programs, using the world-class facilities and professionals guiding it.
A community-based recreational racing league to be held at the velodrome. Local schools and recreation departments from surrounding towns are invited to form teams of 4 boys and 4 girls who are coached at the velodrome, provided with training time and a series of league meets during the season.
The team concept will grow over time and will, within the first year, include hundreds of young boys and girls.
All Foundation programs are designed to serve young people and the entire community and will be the heart and soul of the Center. Every cycling initiative and program we embrace will strive to promote diversity, inclusiveness, teamwork and fair play. We recognize the importance of personal achievement and self-esteem. And we understand the value of the Center as a place to promote complementary programs from our partners that assist and support youth in their educational endeavors and healthy lifestyle activities.