There are things that many clubs do well: trail workdays, group rides, and fun social events. Upstate SORBA in Greenville, South Carolina has that stuff covered. They’re also effective advocates and enjoy strong partnerships with land management agencies like South Carolina State Parks and the Greenville County Recreation District (both sent representatives to a land manager training we did on Friday). But, one of the things that really sets them apart is their ability to ask for support that benefits the entire Upstate SORBA community.
As part of Upstate SORBA’s efforts to put together a TCC weekend, they successfully secured sponsorship from several local businesses. On Thursday evening, The Great Escape hosted us for an IMBA Club Care presentation and The Community Tap provided beverages for attendees. We had model turnout and Upstate SORBA is well on their way to becoming a leading mountain biking club.
On Saturday, a local Greenville Subway provided lunch (in fact, Subway often throws sammies our way for projects - thanks!) for everyone who came out to help build a new 1,000-foot beginner mountain bike loop at Timmons Park in Greenville County. Afterwards, we all met up at Chicora Alley Restaurant, another sponsor, to celebrate everyone’s hard work on the trail.
Our lodging for the weekend was courtesy of Fairway Subaru and the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Greenville. That's a lot of sponsors! Many corporations and local businesses have special funds for community events and projects. All it takes is asking (and having something that you're asking for), and your club is bound to find some community funds to support your project.
We capped off the weekend with a wonderful group ride on some fun trails at Paris Mountain State Park.
Upstate SORBA is a strong club with a great future and their hard work demonstrates how much support there is for mountain bikers in the local community, if you just ask.