Let’s Ride: USC Joins Tour de Cure for the Fourth Year Running

For the past four years, the USC School of Social Work has participated in the Tour de Cure, a series of fundraising cycling events held to benefit the American Diabetes Association. USC organized Los Angeles-area teams in previous years, but this year, USC is expanding its efforts to unite USC Master of Social Work students, faculty, staff and friends across the country to form regional teams. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

Gearing Up for the Cause

The Tour de Cure takes place in 44 states, and each location has several routes of varying lengths. Riders of all skills levels — from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist — are encouraged to participate. Whether you ride 10 miles or 100 miles, you will travel a route supported from start to finish with rest stops, food to fuel the journey and fans to cheer you on.

Last year, the USC School of Social Work team composed of faculty and staff raised about $15,000. One of the 15 riders was USC Distance Learning Operations Supervisor Jason Chan, who is an avid cyclist with a personal connection to the cause.

“My dad has Type 2 diabetes, and I wanted to contribute something that may help people with this chronic condition,” he said. Chan said he is back for Tour de Cure 2015 because he loves the atmosphere.

“It’s the camaraderie that comes out of training rides, culminating in the actual ride day,” he said. “The energy on ride day is really special and memorable.”

How to Participate

This year, the USC School of Social Work's technology partner 2U is proud to join the Tour de Cure fundraising efforts and wants you to be a part of it. We invite 2utes and all online Master of Social Work students across the country to join us in this effort to raise awareness by visiting one of the USC team pages.

Everyone who signs up commits to raising a certain amount of funds (typically between $200 and $250) and can train and ride together. Overall, the goal is to have fun and show our support for USC and the American Diabetes Association. Participants who join the USC team will also receive an official USC School of Social Work/2U Tour de Cure jersey.

If the events listed above aren’t right for you, there are many other Tour de Cure events across the country. You can access a full list of events by going to the websiteand clicking on “Find a Tour.” 

Share Your Tour de Cure Stories

Use #USCTdC on all of your social media posts and share your experiences with fellow USC team members across the country. Send us your pictures from a Tour de Cure training ride or event, and you could be featured!

Be sure to share your favorite MSW@USC event images with us on our Facebook and Twitter!