Junk Ditch Brewing Company
Junk Ditch Brewing Company has established itself as one of the best restaurants in Fort Wayne, and TNL members have an affinity for the place. Junk Ditch is part of the Affine Hospitality – the team behind Affine Food Truck and GK Baked Goods. They know a thing or two about creating great dining experiences. We encourage you to add them to your list the next time you're looking for a great dinner, beer, or killer brunch. You won't be disappointed. Expect to join at TNL event or two there this season as well.
Andrew, Dan, and Jack are avid cyclists and reached out to partner with us in 2017. Not only do they like to ride bikes and have a good time like us, they have a strong desire to be a part of the redevelopment of the West Main St corridor in Fort Wayne. They spent a couple of years renovating the old Korte Paper Company warehouse in an effort catalyze the other development in the neighborhood. We're looking forward to partnering with Junk Ditch and helping some neighbors in their neighborhood stabilize their homes.
TNL Ambassador Ben Steele is a PA for ONE and has leveraged his workplace to join us in 2017 to excel at our efforts. Huge thank you to Dr. Hamlet and Dr. Conner for their generous contribution to Ben's campaign, and to ONE for matching their contributions.
ONE has been serving the Fort Wayne community for over 50 years, and whether you have a new injury or experience chronic pain, Ortho NorthEast has the top specialists, latest treatments and convenient locations to help you get back to the things you love.
One of the great features of ONE for the busy athlete is their OrthoStat service, which is a drop-in office that can check out your sports related injuries the weekend after a big race.
Lake City Bank
Lake City Bank is a $4.3 billion community bank made up of 49 offices across northern and central Indiana. They entered the Fort Wayne market in 1999 and now have five Fort Wayne offices, the newest of which is located in the Skyline Plaza downtown. The bank is known for getting involved in every market it enters. In addition to providing banking services to individuals that rival those offered by most other banks, Lake City Bank supports businesses with loans, deposit products and state-of-the-art treasury services. Its bankers are involved in organizations they feel passionate about, such as Habitat for Humanity, Cooking Men and NeighborLink.
Team NL Advisory Group member and runner/triathlete, Grant Daily, is a VP and Commercial Banking Officer with the bank. We appreciate the support of Lake City Bank and love their commitment to empowering their employees to make a difference in causes that matter to them.
wattage cottage coaching
Brandon Davis has has a long career in the cycling industry as an elite athlete in cyclocross, road, and endurance mountain biking. He’s been coaching athletes for almost a decade and has done long stints as a professional bike mechanic for the likes of the Aspire Racing team that was made up of Jeremy Powers, Ellen Noble, and Spencer Petrov. Brandon knows cycling and puts his education and real-world experience to work for his athletes looking to get accomplish the goals they set no matter how big or small they are.
Best of all, Brandon is an incredible guy. He’s been a big supporter of TNL for the past couple of years and lives out the TNL ethos in all he does and at home in North Carolina. He reached out to us this year wanting to offer all TNL athletes a discounted coaching package. We made a deal to not only help our committed athletes, but to give a donation kickback to NeighborLink for every athlete that sets something up. We highly recommend Brandon and if you’re in the market for professional coaching, I can’t imagine finding a better partner and offers really solid rates that make it accessible for anyone that is ready to give coaching a shot.
Trailhouse Village Bicycles
Trailhouse is a fantastic bike shop located in Winona Lake, IN and ran by one of the nicest guys we've met in the bike industry so far. Barry has been a long time supporter of Team NeighborLink and our athletes. When he had the chance to take ownership Trailhouse a few years ago, he left an open door for more in-depth partnership should the time present itself. At the beginning of 2017, that opportunity came to fruition as we needed the help of a Giant Bicycle retailer to help facilitate our relationship with Giant. Not only did Barry offer to help us get Giant bikes, but he's been generous and overwhelmingly supportive of our teammates so far. Many of us make the trip to Winona Lake frequently and love buying our bike parts from Trailhouse. We simply wish we all lived in Winona Lake to hang out even more! Maybe we need to start a NeighborLink in Warsaw soon.
Giant Bicycles has returned as a grassroots sponsor for 2019. Because of one of team members long-time relationship with Giant sponsored teams, the door was opened to raise some awareness for our work among their sponsorship team. Giant believed in the creative approach to using athletics as a cause and chose to support our team. Over the past three seasons they’ve helped over 40 TNL cyclists get new bikes and have even donated a frame to an elite TNLCX rider. Because of that generosity, our team has some of the best performing gear we could ask for. Some of our TNL members have been riding Giant's for years and were excited to continue working with them as a brand partner. Head to Trailhouse, BGI, or your nearest Giant dealer and check them out.
Volkswagens and bicycles are almost synonymous. There are more Team NL members with VWs than we can count. So, the opportunity to have Vorderman Volkswagen join our team of sponsors is kind of a dream come true. They have been serving the Fort Wayne community for over 35 years and have a history of supporting Fort Wayne. They are supporting our 2019 racing efforts by providing a "team car" for each of our races to help us get to races safely and in style. If you're in the market for a new or used car, we recommend you stopping in and chatting with them first.
SRAM - www.sram.com
We're excited to remain a grassroots SRAM team for 2019. SRAM is an industry leader in bike components, and if you're not familiar with SRAM road and mountain bike components, know that they are also responsible for Zipp, AVID, Truvativ, RockShox, and Quarq brands. To us, one of the greatest things about SRAM is their involvement in the founding and continued support of World Bicycle Relief as well as their history of supporting many social causes around the globe and locally. They have a passion for using bicycles to do good in the world.
Team NeighborLink members will be able to take advantage of group buying discounts on the full line of SRAM products. The SRAMbassador program is a way for them to support grassroots efforts like ours so our members can continue to raise awareness and funds for our organization while riding the best products on the market.
SRAM has also donated some product to equip a few of our TNLCX elite athletes’ bikes to make sure they’re rolling as fast as they can. Those donated items then get sold to help fund projects at the end of the season.
Everyday Adventure Treats
Everyday Adventure Treats donated a box of their snack bars to Bicycle Garage for the silent auction they did for us back in early February. We had never heard of them and after talking with the auction winner and receiving a gift of a free bar, we were hooked. The bar we had was delicious and after a quick internet search to learn more, we became huge fans of their mission. After a few emails and phone calls, TNL became a part of the Everyday Adventure Treats family.
Everyday Adventure Treats stands for: inclusivity and providing the best snacks possible. To them, this is simply human. Inclusion is as naturally our right as it is our right to access healthy food. It's inseparable. This is why Everyday Adventure Treats has always been, and will continue be, more than a snack bar. It’s a way of life- straightforward, gritty, and uncomplicated. Everyday Adventure Treats works with a lot of great causes around the globe and we're excited to be fueled by them as well as help them grow their brand. Pick up a box or two!
Handup Gloves is the company made up of the coolest people that you want to hang out with. They took the glove, combined it with the advances in custom clothing, and launched a minimalist glove brand. There have always been off-road cycling gloves, but most of them took cues straight from motocross gloves, which usually ended up having more protection or material than you need for cycling. Team NL athletes like so many others were first attracted to Handup's colorful designs that allowed us to express our creativity, but have stuck around because they are really great gloves with just enough of all the right things. There are over a dozen of us that have more than one pair of these gloves because you need variety and can't have enough of a good thing.
We're now excited to be an official Team Ambassador of the brand. More than the gloves, we love the community building spirit this brand embodies. They support great causes, as many events as they can, and teams/individuals that are doing more for building the community in the sport than those that are simply winning races. Stay tuned as you may see a custom Team NL glove in 2018. We'll see.
Have you had this stuff yet? If not, go and buy a tube or four. Nuun makes electrolyte enhanced drink tabs which are designed to keep you hydrated. Many of our team members have preferred Nuun tablets for the past few years because of how great they work at keeping you hydrated. Once you try them, you'll not want to drink other leading sports drinks ever again. Some of our favorite flavors are cherry limeade, grape, and tropical.
The thing we love about Nuun is their grassroots tenacity to spread the word about their product and their commitment to supporting the common athlete and not just the elite athletes. We think they're a perfect fit to Team NeighborLink and we're glad to trade some promo help for a discount on products.
What A Team NeighborLink Member Is:
You have Volunteered at NeighborLink Fort Wayne at least once in the past 12 months.
You've purchased our gear and participated in a athletic competition (5k, cycling race/ride, CrossFit competition, Spartan Race, etc.)
You've purchased our gear and wear it regularly, plus made at least a $50 donation to NL Fort Wayne.
You've organized a fundraiser on our behalf.