Welcome to My Rally Campaign
My name is Gabriel Suarez I am a cyclist and currently a high school teacher and sports coach. I am about to start my 4th year of teaching and some of the students that have played sports for me since day one are interested in cycling. I would like to help them get into cycling and racing as it was a great experience for me in college and still to this day.
Why I'm Raising Funds
I would like to raise $10,000 to help fund the purchase of a bicycle, and to pay for the races needed to be able to compete not only on the state level but hopefully at a national level. I want to show my students that with hard work anything is possible. If the funding allows I would even enjoy if some of my students were able to join me in a race or two and share the experiance with them now just by them being there but by having them compete as well. Living in a small town many of the kids here have a hard time understanding that failing is ok as long as you come come back from it to do better next time and grow. Kids these days seem to think that once you fail that's all you can do, they think that if you get a good grade then your set. What they fail to see is that to keep succeeding you have to keep working and keep trying your best. Even though I stopped competitive cycling I am hoping by rejoining the races and sharing the experiances with students thay can see that it is never too late to start or restart something, that hard work can pay off, and that it can be fun too.
How I Got Here
I was introduced to cycling after a traumatic head injury and used it as a toll to help with my recovery and exercise. I raced for FSU and for some time after college. Finally moving to south Florida and becoming a teacher. As one of the younger teachers in the school, students tend to gravitate to me, especially the ones that play sports that I coach. I see the impact I have had on these kids and help them in sports, in the classroom, and at home. They ask me about my everyday life as kids are currious and I would like to tell them that I used to ride bike but now I'm racinging again and have had some success. I want to take them to races and for them to see that there is more to do off the island than they think and to go explore and learn as much as they can.
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
I thank any Boosters and ask them to share this Rally via the social media and any other means. Thank you all.